Self-Care and Provider Burn Out
What does the best version of you look like? Are you exhausted, irritable, or have a lack of motivation?
When working in the early childhood field, it is not uncommon to see providers suffering from burnout and experiencing the above symptoms. Many childcare providers work long hours independently and continue to work/plan long after the children have left their care. Children are active, challenging, and take a ton of energy. In addition, providers spend many hours working their children’s families as well.
When we as the providers begin to display signs of burnout, are we being the best version of ourselves? No! Children pick up on these signs and in turn their behavior can reflect negatively in response.
These are all reasons why it is important to take care of you. When you take care of you, you begin to be the best version of yourself. I recently read that “it is okay to take time for you! Self-care is NOT selfish.” This is an important reminder in the busy world that we live in.
Some things that you can do to avoid burnout and take care of yourself:
- Good nutrition
- Regular exercise
- Spend time with adults
- Take time for yourself- do things that you enjoy; read a book, listen to music, knit
- Network with other providers
Remember, as providers it is our job to provide quality care for our most precious resource, the children. In order to be the best for them, you have to be your best self!