Just making it to the holidays is an incredible feat. A lot of teachers hit the holidays and crash without even considering ways of recharging their batteries, a necessity to avoid teacher burnout. It is important to plan on spending some time to actively refocus your mind, rest your body, and get emotionally, physically, and mentally ready for the next semester. Here are three fantastic ways teachers can recharge over the holidays and go back to class at their best.
Schedule Some Totally Selfish “Me” Time
The Holidays are busy. Between family, friends, and community responsibilities, a lot of teachers don’t find any time for themselves. However, a little me time will go a long way toward helping you find the strength to go back to work at the end of the break. Make it a selfish activity away from responsibility. If you have kids, get a sitter. Find something wonderful you’ve wanted to do. Then, schedule it in and make it a top priority.
Have a Sick Day
Have one day during your break where you allow yourself to be lazy. Order in, watch TV, wear comfortable clothes, play video games, and avoid work and chores like the plague. Think of it as a sick day without being sick. The idea is to rest your body and your mind to avoid getting sick and to help catch up on a little rest.
Either go to lunch with a good friend or sit alone with a journal and vent out all your frustrations from teaching. Say it all. Let yourself voice your concerns, and hash the whole career until you’ve said what needs to be said. Then, talk about all of those great reasons why you will stay teaching. This exercise allows you to feel validated in your frustrations while reminding you of the reasons you love teaching.
Teaching is a hard career. You need time to recharge so you have the fortitude to keep doing this valuable work. Your students depend on you to be at the top of your game after the holidays. Take some time to be kind to yourself. Take some time to muster up the strength and courage you will need for the rest of the school year. You are a hero in your students’ eyes, but heroes must take the time to save themselves.