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”

  • Taking the time to take care of yourself is as important as taking care of others, maybe even more so because if you dont take care of your own needs and treat yourself good and with respect how can you possibly take care of the needs and well being of those you love and care for.

  • I function better with a routine. Movement, food and sleep are important to me. I like the idea of taking a 5 minute walk break. Since I usually pack my lunch, I will try to plan my lunch the day before. Finally, getting a good night’s sleep makes it much easier to start my day.

  • Self-care is extremely important and is easily overlooked. It is important to take time to refocus and to do something for yourself in order to feel more energized. I try to take daily walks outside or go to the gym just to clear my head and to focus on myself. I also like to sit on the couch and drink a hot cup of coffee each morning.

  • Finding time to do something or talk to someone who will make me laugh always help me.

  • I am aware of what I need for self-care…it’s just finding the time to implement the strategies.

  • This reminds me to start a return to some areas of my life that I have ignored for a long time: like meditation practices.

  • Meditation and just taking time to be in the moment really helps me to relax and not get burned out.

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