Y’all! The first week of school is no joke! I am simply maxed out!
As a teacher, it is always hard to find a good balance at the beginning of the school year. You want to stay late and get things done around your classroom but you are also so exhausted you can’t wait to get home and crash. When you factor into the equation that I am also a wife and a mother, it makes it even more exhausting to balance all of my responsibilities. Staying at the school until almost six has me staying awake until almost midnight, and then the cycle starts all over again the next day. If I could sleep for a week I would definitely not complain. At the end of the day, I realize that I am sacrificing my needs to meet the needs of my family and my students and that cycle simply cannot continue.
Alas, though, there is simply no time for me to sleep for a week so, instead, I have been making other little changes in my life to make sure that I take care of myself. I realized that if I continue to neglect myself, I will eventually be no good to the people around me. It is never wrong to make yourself a priority and the older that I get, the more that I realize that self-care is crucial for ensuring that I am the best version of myself. When I take a few extra moments to take care of myself, I am happier, healthier and just more successful at the tasks that I try to accomplish.
One of the things that I have done is to completely change my diet to become a Vegan. After doing a little research and talking with friends, I made the choice to cut animal meat and animal products from my diet. While it was not easy, I have never felt better in my life. My skin is clearer, my hair is healthier and I have little to no problems with my migraines. As a Vegan, I have found many yummy vegetable and grain recipes that have definitely made the process easier. I don’t feel like I am missing out on the foods that I used to eat and my family has been more than accommodating with this lifestyle change.
Since I changed my diet I have seen an increase in energy. I thought that it might be beneficial to put that extra energy towards self-care. For the past few weeks I have been attending hot yoga at The HUB in Savannah and it has quickly become my favorite day of the week. Currently I have only been attending the Candlelight Community Yoga Class once a week but, after the chaos of back-to-school slows downs, I hope to add more classes to my week. Yoga has done for my mind what becoming a Vegan has done for my diet. I think clearer, notice a decrease in my stress level and just generally have a better outlook on life. If you are local to Savannah, I highly encourage that you check out one of the Candlelight Community Yoga Classes. They are every Thursday at 8pm and all proceeds from the class are donated to a local charity.
Even though I am tired in the mornings, I also realized that I am a more pleasant person if I take the time to put on makeup, fix my hair, and put on an outfit that I truly love. Since school has started back, I have made a point to wake up early enough to make sure that I have time to do these things. In the past, whenever I had to go to work with no-makeup or un-fixed hair, I was only able to focus on the fact that I looked “unkempt.” While at work, I really should be focused on my students and the curriculum that I am expected to teach. Taking a few minutes at the beginning of the day for myself, ensures that I am the best version of myself for my students and that makes for a very successful day.
Along with taking time for myself in the mornings, I have also implemented a great skin care routine. If you follow me Instagram, you are probably aware that I sell LipSense. LipSense is a part of the SeneGence Corporation and within that business, we also have an amazing line of skincare. After using the products for a few months, I have noticed that my skin looks more youthful, bright and clearer. I love the fact that even if I am not wearing make-up, I am going to look great. If you are interested in trying out any of these skincare products, check me out on my Facebook Group, Kiss and Makeup with Megan Fowler. I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have about the products.
If you do not do so already, I strongly encourage you to start making time for yourself. Take a yoga class, make a home cooked meal or even just get a pedicure. When you make yourself a priority, you are putting the best version of yourself out for the world to see. You will feel better, look better, smile more and just be a generally more pleasant person. And I don’t know about you, but my husband, daughter and students enjoy pleasant Megan way more than “maxed-out” Megan! Take care of yourselves friends!
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