Self-care tips for the nursery team

In the current pandemic, self-care and relaxation has never been more important.

Stacy Mann has kindly offered to share her expertise as a Relax Kids and Charge-Up coach in this blog post to support the sector.

Self-care is different for everyone and what makes you feel happy is something so unique. 

It is important for us all to take care of ourselves though, and to implement something into our daily routine that serves us well. 

Blossoms on the Common children relaxingHere are my 10 top tips, adapt them as you choose:

  1. Write three things every day that you feel grateful for
  2. Each day set aside 30 minutes to do what makes you smile.  Even block this out in your diary to make sure you do it
  3. Stand in front of the mirror and say three things that you love about yourself or that you are proud of yourself for
  4. Breathe. In through your nose, out through your mouth. Two-four-eight. Breathe in for two, hold for four and breathe out for eight
  5. What is your purpose today?  Set three intentions for the day ahead
  6. What fills your emotional cup?  Try to weave it into your every day routine
  7. Allow your mind to be still.  Relax and unwind, play nature or spa music
  8. Take a bath or a shower, be present, allowing all of the water to wash away any negative energies
  9. Massage your hands as often as you can, paying particular attention to the circular pressure on your palms
  10. Create a jar, every time you feel like you want to do something that you cannot do right now, write it down and vow to do it when you can.

Positive affirmations

Unsure where to start with positive affirmations? Here are 12 affirmations that you can use daily. Take what you need, leave the rest on the shelf. Say them in the mirror, write them on post-its around the house, have them in the staff-room, write them in your diary, it really is unique to you!

  • I drink lots of water to cleanse my mind and body
  • I eat food that nourishes my body in the healthiest way I can
  • My thoughts are powerful, and I use them to manifest greatness in my life
  • I send kindness and positivity out into the universe
  • I have all power within
  • I am in control of my emotions
  • I let go of what no longer serves me to make way for the things that inspire me
  • I am grateful for my life
  • I am of value and I have purpose in this world
  • I am kind to myself
  • In the infinity of life, where I am all is whole and complete. Everything is as it should be
  • I have unlimited potential.

Positive affirmations can change your mindset and when practised daily, can help to support your overall well-being. Practise. Practise. Practise. Another daily practise can be mirror work: 

  • I am proud of myself for...
  • I forgive myself for…
  • I commit to myself that…

 Thanks again to Stacy Mann for sharing her expertise on well-being for the sector at this difficult time.

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This guide has been written by Stacy Mann for NDNA (National Day Nurseries Association).

Stacy has worked in the Early Years Sector for the last 20 years, starting as a nursery nurse and working up to nursery manager and then children’s centre manager. Stacy always had a passion for supporting others and for training them to be the best that they could be.

She moved on to become an NVQ assessor where she continued to train, assess and mentor others embarking on their childcare journey. After having her two children, Stacy founded her own training and consultancy business called Early Years Training Network whilst working as a dedicated associate for NDNA.

Her role over the last 6 years has developed into assessing Millie’s Mark and Quality Counts as well as publishing her first handbook called Children’s Well Being. Stacy exudes passion for well-being and a positive mindset which has fast become her area of expertise.

Her enthusiasm for learning and supporting people has led her to train as a Relax Kids and Charge-Up coach, where Stacy is able to utilise the skills developed along her organic journey to support people in becoming the very best version of themselves. You can find a FREE Relax Kids calm pack for children, which can be used in the home or the setting, here.