Just like everyone else, teachers need time to rest and recuperate to focus on physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, but it can be hard to switch off from such a demanding profession. To give teachers a helping hand we have put together a few ideas to help you switch off during the summer holidays.
Here are our 5 Summer Holiday wellbeing tips for teachers:
Get outside and enjoy the outdoors
There is no way to predict the great British weather during summer (or any other time of the year) but getting outdoors will do wonders for your physical and mental health. According to Mind, spending time in nature has been found to help with mental health problems and depression. Mother nature is a great healer and will boost your wellbeing however you choose to enjoy it – but pack an umbrella just in case.
Turn off work mode
Teaching is a consuming job that’s extremely rewarding, but hard to switch off from. Don’t forget that the summer holidays are for you too. Try to stay away from your laptop and resist the urge to check your work emails. If you’ve been working from home, pack away your work items for a short time to help you feel like you’re truly having a break. This will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the new school year ahead.
Book a holiday
Whether you choose a staycation or you’re heading further afield, a holiday can really benefit your well-being as a teacher. It is called the school holidays after all. Something as simple as a change of scenery for a few days can help you to switch off and relax, as well as make great memories with your friends or family.
Connect with your friends and family
Humans are social beings at heart, so much so that it can even benefit our immune system. With that in mind, the summer holidays are a great time to socialise with friends and family. Whatever you enjoy doing, do it! Make the most of your well-deserved free time and spend it will those that make you the happiest.
Listen to your body
Teachers care so much about others, but often forget to take care of themselves. Use the Summer holidays to focus on self-care and listen to what you need. For some, meditation or mindfulness keeps them in tune with their body and for others, a book or good lie-in does the trick. If your body is telling you to rest, listen. But if it’s telling you to go for a hike with your friends – get out there! This is your chance to do everything you don’t usually have time for.
The new school year will be here before we know it, so enjoy the summer holidays. You deserve it.
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