50 Simple Acts of Self-Care Teachers Can Do in Under Five Minutes

50 Simple Acts of Self-Care Teachers Can Do in Under Five Minutes

As the saying goes, “you can’t pour from an empty cup,” meaning that it is vitally important for caretakers like teachers to take a timeout to care for themselves. The act of seeing to our own needs is called self-care, and in a world where teachers are swimming in a never-ending to-do list, adding something else (even if it’s simple self-care!) can feel like the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

Here to the rescue is a list of 50 simple self-care tasks you can complete in five minutes or less. Options touch on meditation, exercise, nutrition, connection with loved ones, good sleep hygiene, gratitude, and being present in the moment. The most important part of self-care is doing something that appeals to you personally, so comb through this list and try out your favorites to refill your cup.

50 simple self-care acts teachers can do in under five minutes

  1. Take a vitamin.
  2. Drink a glass of water
  3. Brew the perfect cup of coffee and take sips of it while still hot
  4. Make your bed
  5. Put on red lipstick
  6. Do a downward dog
  7. Text a friend just to say good morning
  8. Take a hot shower with your favorite soap
  9. Sing at the top of your lungs
  10. Pour yourself a drink
  11. Put on sunscreen
  12. Wear an outfit that makes you feel great
  13. Stargaze
  14. Find pictures in the clouds
  15. Window shop
  16. Give yourself a manicure
  17. Eat some cookie dough
  18. Hug a loved one
  19. Read a poem
  20. Practice belly breathing
  21. Say a prayer
  22. Give someone a compliment
  23. Write a thank-you note
  24. Swing and slide at the park
  25. Watch a sunset
  26. Plant a seed
  27. Walk barefoot in the grass
  28. Power pose in the mirror
  29. Burn your favorite scented candle
  30. Pet an animal
  31. Pick flowers
  32. Eat ice cream straight from the carton
  33. Sleep in five extra minutes
  34. Puddle stomp
  35. Dance in the kitchen
  36. Order pizza for dinner because it’s easier
  37. Write in a journal
  38. Ask somebody for help – you don’t have to do it all!
  39. Listen to a guided meditation
  40. Donate 10 things to charity
  41. Smile at everyone
  42. Write down your goals for the day, week, or month
  43. Pay for the next person’s coffee at the coffee shop
  44. Practice gratitude
  45. Eat a serving of fruit or vegetables
  46. Walk your dog
  47. Clean out your junk drawer
  48. Tune into your intuition
  49. Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  50. Thank your body for its hard work at the end of the day

This year has been hard on us all, with no immediate end in sight. Be just as kind to yourself as you are to your students every day with some acts of quick and simple self-care. It’s more than deserved – it’s needed.


50 Simple Acts of Self-Care Teachers Can Do in Under Five Minutes

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