Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How to take care of yourself during CPSE/CSE season

I'm currently on spring break, which couldn't have come at a better time.  Working four jobs while balancing the demands of CPSE/CSE season is challenging.  We all have to remember to complete our IEPs, write our reports, RSVP to meetings, while also actually doing the day-to-day responsibilities of our jobs!  So, I have been trying to think of how to best utilize this week, to make sure that come Monday, I am refreshed and ready to complete the next 8 weeks of school.

Here are a few of the things I am making sure to do, to take care of myself:

Sleep in!  Now, I don't mean until noon.  But, let yourself sleep an hour or two later than you normally would.  This lets your body catch up on some Zs, while still getting yourself up early enough to be productive.  I know for me, sleeping in can be a slippery slope.  If I snooze past 8, there's a good chance I won't actually get up until 10:00.  That's why, for the past few days I have stuck to a 7:30 rule (normally I wake up at 5:45).  I find that I am totally refreshed when I get up, and I get so much done.

Vitamins, people!  Ward off any illnesses you may have brought home with you from work.  Make sure that a cold doesn't ruin your long-deserved week off!  Since I'm a baby and don't like swallowing pills, I go with the adult gummy vitamins :)

Take a day to get some spring cleaning in.  Breathing in all of the dust that my apartment has acquired the last few weeks is not healthy.  I wake up feeling stuffy.  For SLPs who work 10 hour days, we need to wake up feeling our best.  I promise, giving your home a dusting/vacuuming will go a long ways.

Have fun!  It can be hard to fit in fun things during this busy time of year.  Pick one day and plan something that can happen rain or shine!  I have my sights on the planetarium :)

Please comment and tell me how you refresh and make it through CPSE/CSE season, and make sure to care for yourself first - you can't pour from an empty cup.