If you’re like me you’re always thinking of the next thing to do and never slow down (even on breaks). I often think of breaks as a perfect time to get more done and once break is over I don’t feel as rested as I should. Three inspirational teachers, Kelsey, Shana, and Jenna have started a movement called #stopteacherguilt. This movement is about teachers making time for things that are important in their lives and not feeling guilty if they’re not constantly planning or working on things for the classroom. With winter break around the corner, I’ve created a list of how to relax while you’re on break and to #stopteacherguilt when you’re resting and recharging.
#StopTeacherGuilt: How to Rest and Recharge during Break
1. Make a List
Create a list of things you don’t have time for during the regular school year. Some of the things on my list are:
- Move into/settle into my new house
- Play with and train my new puppy
- Read a book
- Learn hand lettering
- Bake Christmas goodies with my family
- Watch Christmas Hallmark movies
- Binge watch a show
- Try a new recipe
- Complete a DIY project
2. Make a Promise to Yourself
Make a promise to do one of the things on your list each day (even if it’s just to rest!) Here’s the important thing about this promise: don’t think of any teaching responsibilities, #stopteacherguilt!
3. Put Your Computer Down
I know, I know that’s not always possible and if creating a new product or starting a teacher blog is on your List of Things You Don’t Have Time For During School Time then allow yourself to use it, but only if it’s making your heart happy! Try, try, try not to check your school email. Parents’ needs can wait while you’re enjoying your well deserved time off. I have my school email on my phone (I know, total mistake right?) but I try not to check my messages until the day before we go back from break.
4. Leave Your Planner at School
Now, this might not be realistic and I will admit that I do take time to plan over breaks but if you can, leave it at school. If you can’t, only dedicate one day to planning and then put it away for the rest of your break. I like to enjoy the first part of my break, mostly because I am usually so burnt out and ready for a recharge that I can’t even think about planning until after I’ve given myself a break. This year, I’m going to try my hardest to plan before so I don’t have to work at all!
5. Make Time for You and Enjoy Your Break!
Join this wonderful #StopTeacherGuilt movement! What will you do to make sure you rest and recharge over break? Comment below!