If you are reading this then you are probably a Highly Committed Teacher. Well done! You’ve survived another year! The trouble is that it’s now the end of the summer term and you’ve got very little left to give. Unless you take a proper break, you’ll end up being “committed” to a different sort of institution altogether! After a year of focusing on everyone else in the room, it’s time to take care of yourself. The value of “teacher wellbeing” can’t be underestimated.
I struggle with switching off, so I’ve compiled a “teacher wellbeing” to-do list, to keep me on the straight and narrow over the holidays, so that I’m refreshed and ready to start again in September. I’ll be miserable and be of no use to anybody unless I take care of myself over the holidays!
Teacher Wellbeing To-Do List
- Go and see that musician or band you’ve been meaning to see. Soon they won’t be touring anymore and you’ll regret it forever.
- Get fresh air regularly (not necessarily exercise!).
- Spend quality time with your family, especially your children – they grow up so quickly!
- Meet friends you haven’t seen in a while – especially non-teachers.
- Finally buy yourself a Kindle and read a load of books for pleasure. (Personally, I’d recommend signing up to Kindle Unlimited as well. You can read millions of brilliant books for a ridiculously low cost. It’s only £7.99 a month! I’ve got through tonnes of books this year because I didn’t have to go out and drive to the bookshop. I can just download and read them any time I want.) I use a Kindle Paperwhite [affiliate link] and it’s so much better than reading on my iPhone. No eye-fatigue!
- Be leisurely in all that you do. Take time enjoying the little things.
- Go somewhere new – get out of your routine.
- Treat / pamper yourself.
- Have a nap.
- “Decide” to forget about work. Rest means rest.
- Stop being so busy. Say no to stuff that just fills your time and that you do through silly obligation. This is YOUR time.
- Go to bed early / late / whenever!!
- Stop reading edu-blogs for at least a month!
- Stop writing edu-blogs for at least a month!
- Nap in the fresh air (park bench, garden, tent, etc).
- Turn off Social Media and News notifications. (Also, this might be something you permanently want to change, for your own sanity.)
- Play that computer game you’ve not had time to play for the last few months.
- Have another nap.
If you find even one of these things useful, then my work here is done! But ultimately, just do what you like, when you like. You might not get that chance in six weeks time!
Have a great holiday,
By the way, you can find me on Twitter at @guruteaching. Come and say hello!