Teachers rarely have time for themselves during the school year. The upcoming school break is a great opportunity to take time for yourself, your family, and other aspects of your life that are often neglected. Having some rest and recreation will allow you to go back to work with a greater sense of purpose. In this article, we will discuss why it is important to take time to relax over school breaks.

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1. To rest

When you’re at school, you are always planning and thinking what to do next. That habit can spill over into the school break. Your brain needs time to rest, so give yourself permission to switch off. A well-rested educator is a happy educator. And when you’re happy, you’ll become more productive when you go back to work. During the school break, you can get a good night sleep without waking up early in the morning with a to-do list running through your head. To help yourself rejuvenate and feel great, try this book, Take Time for You: Self-Care Action Plans for Educators.

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2. To reconnect with your family

If you’re in the teaching profession and still have quality time with your loved ones, then that is amazing. Because of their hectic schedule, many teachers feel that they are unable to give enough time and attention to their family. Your loved ones deserve quality time to spend with the relaxed, happy, and loving you. So go on a family vacation and enjoy! There are so many great places to visit. Read this article for suggestions. Have you gone on a cruise? If not, you may want to check out these 10 best cruise destinations in the world.

3. To reduce stress levels

Your body needs time to remove the stress hormones that build up during the school term. If you don’t relax and unwind during the school break, you will return feeling as stressed as you finished. Pick up an inexpensive adult coloring book like this one and color your stress away.

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4. To remind your friends who you are

Many teachers have lots of friends who belong to the same profession because they understand each other and have almost the same experiences. Wouldn’t it be nice to connect with your friends without discussing policies and planning?

5. To feed your soul

Do you remember the last time you engaged in hobbies? During the school break, go to the cinema, go to the spa, walk, learn a new recipe, or whatever it is that makes your heart happy. Play some games like the ones below with your kids and have inexpensive fun at home! You give so much time to others, it’s time to give some for yourself.

Sorry

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Yahtzee

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Clue

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Conclusion

Use the school break to restore a sense of balance in your life. All teachers need some time away from the classroom to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate. It will enable you to re-enter the classroom with renewed energy, passion and enthusiasm. Being a dedicated teacher is a noble and wonderful thing. But remember that you also have to take care of yourself to become the best educator that you can be. So take time for yourself this coming school break and have a good one. You deserve it!

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Dianne McKinley Ed.S.
Owner INcompassing Education