As a newer school psychologist, it can be a challenge to find a balance between your work life and your home life. Personally, I am not a fan of the term “work-life balance.” The word “balance” makes it seem like there should be equal time and energy spent on these two aspects of our lives. That is rare, especially in field of education and school psychology. Instead, I like to use the word “harmony” as I like to think about different aspects of my life working together – the simultaneous combination.
So, how do you do this? Here are some strategies:
- Build downtime into your schedule. Add in downtime during your workday even if it is 5 minutes. Take a walk at lunch. Go visit a kindergarten classroom and just watch them learn and play.
- Maintain outside hobbies and prioritize them. Remember the things you used to do before you went into graduate school? Did you love to read fiction books? Did you knit scarves? Did you volunteer or hang out with friends? Pick one and put it in your calendar for March.
- Promote self-care through health, relaxation, and fun. Self-care does not have to mean a day at the spa. It can mean taking 5 minutes to get your favorite cup of coffee and really enjoying that first sip. It can mean reading a joke a day to make yourself laugh and maybe make someone else laugh as well.
- Create boundaries at work and KEEP them. “No” is not a bad word. The earlier you do this, the easier it is to strike your desired balance. I tend to use the term “not right now” instead of “no.”
- Ask for help. You do not have to be a superhero! One of the reasons I created this newsletter, the website and different opportunities such as online book clubs is so that we can have a community where we can ask for help. The field of school psychology is too big to know all of the answers. Build a network of people who you can reach out to.
One of the ways that I want to help build community and share ideas is through an online book club. Our first book club of 2020 will be FREE and we will be discussing the book Lost & Found: Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students by R. Greene. We will be meeting weekly in March. If you are interested in joining, check out all of the details by clicking HERE.
If you are unable to join the book club, but you are interested in another one, check out the information on the website by clicking HERE.
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