Relax. Honestly, it’s officially the season… In fact, the need to relax (to improve your teaching practice) is even documented in research!
“It’s critical for teachers stop working in the holidays to avoid burnout and exhaustion…to restore their emotional energy”
We know, we know, you’ve got things to organise, family to see, food to prepare, a never ending list of things (some of which might involve your job too), BUT it’s super important that you make time for you and ONLY YOU this silly season.
We love to be busy, but we need to be idle – Relax
We all know that we’ve been working at a million miles an hour for months and months now. Most of us, although tired, love the buzz of our job and the satisfaction of a job well done. I know, I know, it’s tempting to stay busy. To tick off some of the things on the “not school” list. I was always renovating something during my holidays. Walls would be repainted, whole rooms re-done… just because I suddenly had time. BUT… be mindful that your body and mind also need to re-learn what it’s like to be still for a moment; to relax.
Can you do that? Relax and just be in the moment, for you? For me, this means playing my piano and being lost in the music or going for a run with my headphones on. Just me, doing something just for me, for 15 minutes. This relaxation re-charges me and keeps me super focused for the rest of the day. What does that look like for you?
Read one book this summer that’s NOT for work – Relax
I was busy gathering a list of awesome books that we should all read over the summer break when I realised, I was doing it again! I was planning to spend my holiday down time filling my brain with ideas that were going to lead to some awesome growth and development but very little resting! Have you ever done that? Read a book late at night that has triggered so many wonderful ideas that you can’t sleep until you’ve processed them and maybe even written about them? Inspiring yes! Relaxing? No.
I know we love to read, to learn and to grow but it’s also ok to read an Outlander, a Stephen King or something that has nothing to do with work. No, fellow English teachers… I do not mean read a load of novels that have potential for your students next year! I challenge you to read at least one book that has nothing to do with your work this summer!
Switch off and re-connect – Relax
When was the last time you went away and reconnected with a group of people? No… not school camp!! I mean leaving the housework, the chores even the family alone for 48 hours and go somewhere with some friends and relax. Maybe even go find somewhere in nature that you can retreat to. Light a fire and sit around it whilst eating all the cheese and wine you can muster. Share stories, share wisdom and re-connect. If you’re in SA, you might like to check out this awesome Women’s Circle. They provide you with all the space, the support and peace you need to do just this once a week for 5 weeks. I challenge you not to feel more “Zen” after that!
5 Ways you were Amazing in 2018
Now, this is the only one that’s going to take some thinking time. It also involves some time out too. Sit back, relax and think. Look over your Edufolio and read a post from the beginning, middle and end of the year. Remember. Who were you 12 months ago? Where did you want to go this year? Did you get there or did you surprise yourself with a new journey? Write down 5 things you’ve achieved this year. Hey, you can even do it in an evidence post. Give each one a title and a paragraph about what, how and why you did that. You awesome person you! Let’s revel in the glory of 2018. What do you think you might be celebrating?