It’s easy to get caught up in The Machine and forget to take care of yourself.  Even during the summer when there are typically fewer responsibilities and obligations.

So allow me to remind you. . .

Here are 31 things you can do RIGHT NOW to take care of yourself.

1.  Stop and breathe.
2.  Create something.
3. Listen to the birds.
4. Sit down.
5. Laugh.
6.  Read something good.
7. Meditate.
8.  Clear off a surface.
9.  Take a slow, hot bath.
10. Slow down.
11.  Listen to music.
12.  Plan a new lesson for next year.
13.  Spend time with your pet.
14.  Spend time with your children.
15.  Spend time with yourself.
16.  Be still.
17.  Clean something.
18.  Seek out nature.
19. Go one less place today.
20.  Buy one less thing.
21.  Help someone.
22.  Have a nosh.
23.  Drink some good coffee.
24.  Eat a really good dessert.
25.  Be silent.
26.  Look at art.
27.  Pray
28. Take a couple things off your “to-do” list.*
29.  Express gratitude for something.
30.  Put Down Your Sword.**
31.  Be Here Now. — Ram Dass

There are more ways, of course, but this should get you started. 

I’d love to hear how it goes if you try any of these and if you found them helpful. 

The key is not to forget to take care of YOU because YOU are the SELF in Radical SELF-care.

And besides, you deserve it.  TZT
*I don’t mean do them and cross them off, I mean just take them off the list.  There have to be one or two that just really aren’t that important.  Really.

**This concept will be explained in my upcoming book The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Tranquility in the Classroom