It’s that time of the year again– spring break! Woo hoo! This is the perfect opportunity for you to recharge and have some fun, so let’s make the most of it, shall we? Avoid these common pitfalls that educators make when they have time off.
1. Don’t Work.
First things first, put away those lesson plans, grading sheets, and school emails. You’re on break now, baby! Time to kick up your feet and relax. It’s important to take a step back from work and focus on yourself for a bit. While it may be tempting to use the break to catch up on grading or lesson planning, doing so can lead to burnout and prevent you from fully enjoying your time off.
2. Get Outside.
Now don’t be a hermit and stay cooped up inside all day. Get outside and soak up some Vitamin D! Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on all the health benefits that come with fresh air and sunlight. Did you know exposure to natural light also helps regulate the body’s sleep-wake cycle, which in turn improves sleep quality and quantity? Get out there, connect with nature, and have an adventure!
3. Try New Things.
Speaking of adventures, why not try something new this spring break? Who says you can’t learn new things outside of the classroom! Here are some ideas, but the possibilities are endless!
- Pick up a hobby
- Try a new sport
- Take a spontaneous road trip
- Visit a local attraction you’ve not seen yet
- Discover a new park or trail
- Eat at a restaurant you’ve not tried
4. Get Some Sleep.
But wait, let’s not forget about sleep! We’re all guilty of burning the midnight oil during the school year, so now is the perfect time to catch up on some ZZZs. Get comfy, cozy, and snuggle up for a good night’s rest. Your body (and your students) will thank you for it.
5. Don’t Neglect Your Personal Life.
It’s time to ditch the work mindset and focus on the good stuff: your personal life! It’s the perfect opportunity to spend time with loved ones or simply indulge in some “me time.” Connecting with family and friends can do wonders and provide a fresh perspective on life beyond the classroom. So get out there and make some memories!
6. Don’t Ignore Your Health.
We all know you lead crazy busy lives, but let’s not forget about the most important thing: your health! Take this time to prioritize physical well-being and get those endorphins pumping. Kick those stressors to the curb and show your body some serious love and attention! You deserve it.
7. Don’t Overschedule Yourself.
While it may be tempting to fill up every single second of your time, let’s not forget the importance of old-fashioned R&R. It’s 100% okay to take a chill pill and prioritize quality time with yourself. Rest up, reflect on all the awesome things you’ve accomplished this year, and get ready to slay the rest of the academic year like a boss.
8. Don’t Neglect Your Mental Health.
Last but not least, don’t neglect your mental health. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of teaching, but taking care of yourself is just as important. Take some time to do things that make you happy, whether it’s binge-watching your favorite show or reading a good book. Whatever it is, just make sure it brings a smile to your face.
And there you have it, folks. Let’s make this spring break a time of rest, relaxation, and good memories…you deserve it!
? for you…on the top photo…Should it say “Don’t” ignore your health?? OR perhaps…EMBRACE GOOD HEALTH??
I enjoy all of your writing! Happy PIE day! Kathleen Bauer
I think prescribing ‘should’ and ‘should not’ statements to educators is something that requires caution. I believe this article has excellent intent. However, I think the experiences and needs of educators must first be validated. I think the best things an educator can doing during their Spring Break is not “should of yourself.” If you’re overwhelmingly tired, rest. Validate that need for rest. If you need to escape by binge watching or binge reading activities, let yourself. Validate the need to find solace in the escape. If you’re feeling up for a bike ride, short walk, or full day’s hike, go for it! Validate that need to explore and get fresh air. If you need to work a second job because stabilizing your income/expenses is necessary, grant yourself permission to do so. But please, do not do something over Spring Break because you feel you “should.” Let’s do things this Spring Break in alignment with what we need. Wishing all fellow educators wellness and health this Spring Break!