Self-care Reflection

Everybody reacts differently to stressful situations. With acute changes to normal routines, concern about the possibility of illness, and isolation from social distancing, this a uniquely stressful time, making self-care even more important. The best way you can care for yourself is to think about what you personally need to feel your best.

Self-care Reflection

Reflection is central to many Responsive Classroom practices, as that is often where learning gets solidified. Below are some questions to guide you as you reflect on what will help you best take care of yourself right now. Find a quiet place and set aside about 10 minutes to reflect and create a self-care plan for yourself!

  • What type of movement feels best for your body? Do you prefer intense workouts like HIIT or running, or do you feel better after a casual walk?
  • What types of food make you feel best? Does your body feel best after you eat high-protein foods, vegetables, or low-sodium foods?
  • What helps your mind feel calm? Do you feel calmer after talking to a friend or loved one, spending time in nature, listening to music, or reading a book?
  • What makes your heart full? Do you enjoy doing a favor for someone who needs assistance, connecting with family, or checking in on an elderly neighbor?
  • How much sleep do you need to feel energized during the day? When are the best times for you to go to sleep and wake up? What helps you fall asleep?
  • Are you a person who feels better knowing a lot of information or limiting the facts you consume?
  • Do you have any personal spiritual practices that help ground you? Are there ways you can continue those practices while social distancing?

Once you’ve answered these questions, see where you can block off 5 or 10 minutes to add one of these practices to your daily routine. For example, if you like to take walks outside, identify two five-minute time periods when you can take a walk. That may not feel like a lot of time, which is the point! If you can find five minutes in your daily routine to stop and take a walk outside, it will have a marked difference on your outlook and how your day goes.

We intentionally posed seven questions for you to reflect on. You can choose one self-care aspect each day to focus on, or you can focus on all of them! You know yourself best, so choose whatever pathway will help you feel your best during these challenging times.


Written by Sarah Fillion, Director of Consulting & Certification at Center for Responsive Schools
Tags: Reflection, self-care, Virtual Learning

106 Replies to “Self-care Reflection”

  • This is awesome. Self-care is so important and it should be a part of your everyday routine. Mindfulness or meditation twice a week really gets you in touch with yourself, whats really important and a chance to let things go.

  • I took an amazing course last year, through a site I found on Fb. It was worth every penny. Part of the course was about self care. However, it went even deeper. Self care is not only doing things that relax you, pamper you and help to make you physically healthy. These are all good things. Self care is ALSO doing those things we DON’T want to do, but make us feel taken care of. I.e. fixing our lunch the night before, doing an extra load of laundry today so my weekend is freer. Self parenting when we fall into those feeling of victim and blaming, to help get our mindset back to a healthy one. Learning how to change your mindset, authentically (not just “fake it til you make it” is a game changer) Those little things were NOT easy to look at. It was a HARD and INTENSIVE course, but I grew more over those 10 weeks that I ever have with any other course.

  • This list of questions reminds me to not feel “guilty” for taking time for self care. That it is necessary for staying grounded and healthy emotionally and physically.

  • To be the best teacher possible, I have to take care of myself. I focus on a proper diet and exercise and really reflect on my down time.
    Needing to relax and self care are very important.

  • I think it’s so important to take care of yourself and your well-being. I walk every morning and try to eat healthy. It just helps me feel so good and stay grounded.

  • I am trying to do this more. I am setting limits and excercising and meditating. I am finding as the school year is beginning this is becoming more and more difficult as the demands keep coming. I’ll have to say “no” to some things.

  • To keep my mind calm, I consume information slowly to better understand it. too much information given to me sends my brain into a melt down. This helps me to be sympathetic with my struggling students in my class. My personal spiritual practices which include food, music, taking time in nature, reading and prayer keeps me happy, focused and contented. A wonderful friend to talk to is always good medicine.

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