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”

  • I feel better if I talk to friend who is in the same place as me. We can vent, laugh, and move on. It helps take away some of the stress of working from home alone.

  • This road map allows for you to develop a direction in which you r day will go. Foe sure if you don’t lay out a plan for your day, it will take you to many destinations- to include many you had not intentions of going to, which will make you feel like you accomplished very little during what will seem like a long day

  • I find chatting with my friend always helps. We talk about our days, fashion, food or other things that make us feel good first. After we have enjoyed our conversation we focus on what may have gone wrong that day, offer each other advice, then go back to enjoying our conversations.

  • I often enjoy talking with a friend to discuss how I am feeling about a certain situation. Talking out things helps me self-reflect on what and how I am feeling.

  • Part of my self-care involves getting plenty of sleep and exercise, eating good/right/& regularly when stressed. I enjoy yoga, meditation, swimming laps, walking my pup outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. I find that prayer is often helpful, too, especially when feeling overwhelmed by stress.

  • I definitely require at least 7 hours of sleep to stay balanced each day and at least 10 minutes of prayer/meditation. When I need a little extra self care I try to write about what I’m feeling, or create a Y model of where I’m at and where I want to be.

  • 1. I want to do enough movement whether it is stretching or walking to loosen up before teaching.
    2. Eat enough to be full but not uncomfortable or bloated.
    3. Center myself to remain calm. If it can go wrong it will and freaking doesn’t look good.
    4. Do those things that puts my head in the right place. If you are a grouch you are not effective.
    5. Don’t kill with info overload. Be knowledgeable and cover objectives.
    6. Do those things that centers me spiritually before showtime.

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