It’s that time of year for teachers . . . everything is piling-up, we’ve passed the “honeymoon period,” and our lists of things to do could stretch to the moon (and back). Add on top of that the shorter days of the season, as well as the upcoming holidays and it is no surprised many of us feel stressed.
The question is: What do you do to relax?
In times of stress, it seems even harder to unwind and relax. We sometimes fall into the thinking of: If we work more, then we’ll get caught up. The problem is, we’ll never be caught up. In our profession there is always one more thing to do. If we don’t take time to settle our souls, then we are doing a disservice to students.
The next six weeks are a handful for me. However, instead of being overwhelmed, I’m making a plan to enjoy the days. I’m making choices now, before the heavy stress hits, in order to keep my eyes on my priorities and a smile on my face.
One of the problems with too much stress is it sucks the joy right out of us. Our jobs are too important to be joy-less. Consider something you enjoy doing and make a plan to do it soon. Here are some of the ways I center myself and escape the inevitable stress:
- Play with my kids
- Take a walk
- Watch a crime show
- Bake chocolate chip cookies
- Cook a meal
- Go for a bike ride
How about you? What is something you can do this week to relax and remember the joy of being an educator?
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