Right now, I have something like 17 unread emails in my work account. I’m trying to muster the strength to open them but I can’t. I’m dreading opening the messages because I already have so much to do and I just know that they all contain new things to plop on top of my already overflowing plate. And so is the life of a school-based speech-language pathologist. *Sigh*
Breathe. Just breathe.
Please raise your hand if you’ve been in this type of situation before. As clinicians, our days are always jam-packed with therapy, case management, creating homework packets, testing, report writing, emails, phone calls, so on and so forth. All of this could become suffocating, but we must breathe and try to stay calm. Don’t let your stress get the best of you and your magical speech therapy ways!
Here. I wrote this just for you.
This blog post is to be read at night after you had a long day in speech land. Listen, believe me, I know it’s NOT unusual for us SLPs to go above and beyond the call of duty with everything we do. I get it. I truly do. However, I feel it’s vital for us to not forget about ourselves and our well-being. We must not burn out! So, in an effort to save you from crashing and burning because of the anxiety of our never-ending to-do list, I’m going to give you the permission that I know, deep down inside, you’re craving.
- Tonight I give you permission to not open up your laptop to work on progress notes. That can wait until tomorrow. Instead I give you permission to watch your favorite show on Netflix!
- Tonight I give you permission to not open up your laptop to finish scoring that assessment you gave today. That can wait until tomorrow. Instead I give you permission to go to the gym!
- Tonight I give you permission to not open your laptop to check to see if your coworker responded to your email about scheduling the new student that just moved into the district. It can wait until tomorrow. Instead I give you permission to meet up with your friend at your favorite coffee shop!
- Tonight I give you permission to not open your laptop to go on Facebook, Twitter, Teachers Pay Teachers, Pinterest, Etsy, or any other website that SLPs love to frequent. Instead I give you permission to go to bed early because you earned it!
- And most importantly, tonight I give you permission to look at your bathroom mirror, smile, and remind yourself that you’re doing a terrific job. This world just wouldn’t be the same without you. Thank you for all that you do with your students in speech therapy.
In closing . . .
Do you know an SLP who might need this post right now? Is that colleague currently overwhelmed? Do me a favor and share this post with him/her. We all need to stick together and sharing some comforting words with one another is always key. Blogs posts have the ability to inject a great deal of warmth into the soul of a person who needs it. That’s all I want from this post, to positively impact people that need a little pick me up. 😉