Being on Thanksgiving break gives me some time away from my students and my job as a full-time teacher, and provides me with space to invest in myself. KITH Women's campaign for self love and edgy sportswear is not only my fit for the season, but mindset. I love brands that serve a bigger purpose than adding on your style of apparel, but character as well.
November has personally rough for me because of the LA bipolar weather--hundred degrees to sixty degrees--and work has been demanding as a high school teacher. Grading papers, lesson planning, classroom management. And in these moments, it is the hardest to love yourself. If you're like me, you rant at all the things you should be doing better both at work and in your personal life.
When work is crazy, I am crazy. I'm over caffeinated, under slept, heavier and clothes bit tight, and bloated AF. Many of us can relate to this because most of work in an environment that deal with deadlines, people, early mornings or late nights, and never ending to do’s.
After much processing with my lovely roommate, I realized a few things
Say kind words to my body. Even though I feel like a blob and like a big pimple, I need to speak compassionately to my skin and physique. The negativity will only have compounding effects.
Don’t quit bad habits for superficial reasons. Whether it be my occasional cig or my late night snacks, I need to stop these not because of my image, but because of my faith in self care and wellness.
Tell myself I’m a boss. I get up 5:40 everyday to get to school to teach high school English. I work hard; and I know many of us do. But there’s a power in telling ourselves these affirmations. Mantras are more than just instagram posts, they should be our access to restoration and building up of our confidence.
Prioritize sleep. Yes. Enough said.
Coffee provokes anxiety. Anxiety makes work more stressful. More stress makes me more prone to adopting bad habits.