You’ve nearly made it! Spring break is just within reach! Spring break can be a great time for teachers to get away. It’s also a time when teachers should take a break from the stress of the classroom. Here are some great ways you can de-stress over your break. Try them on your vacation or on your stay-cation!
Go For Walks – Walks, particularly on scenic paths, can help clear your head, and will also boost endorphins which help to improve your mood.
Limit Time on Devices – If you are able, unplug from all devices. Ignore emails, social media, online games, tv, etc., even if it’s just for 10-15 minutes. Tablets, phones, computers, and other electronics can be causes of stress, loss of sleep, and depression.
Listen To Music – Classical music tends to have more soothing effect, however, any music you love will fill you with the good feels.
Laugh – Spend quality time with people you enjoy being around, watch a comedy or funny viral video, or read a funny book. According to the Mayo Clinic “laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.”
Deep Breathing – Try some deep breathing exercises to help your body to relax and provides an extra boost of oxygen. If done over time, deep breathing can reduce blood pressure. Don’t know how? Here are some tips: breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth 10 times, focusing on your stomach rising and falling, and your breath flowing in and out. MindYeti.com is a great tool for teachers to use in the classroom and out of the classroom!
Take A Long Bath – Bathing relaxes muscles, relieves anxiety, and offers some “me” time. Turn on some music or add some candles to make it extra tranquil.
Sleep – Restful sleep is an essential key to staying healthy and strong. “Sleep is a necessary human function – it allows our brains to recharge and our bodies to rest. When we do not sleep long or well enough, our bodies do not get the full benefits of sleep, such as muscle repair and memory consolidation,” explains The American Psychological Association. Turn of that alarm and enjoy your rest.
Find A Hobby – Have you always wanted to try a hobby or craft but never had the time? Take it for a test run over your break. Hobbies are a great way to soothe anxiety, especially if the actions are repetitive.
No Grading, No Planning, No School – Try to avoid working on anything school-related over your break. This is your time to disconnect from “teacher mode” and rejuvenate for that last leg of the school year.
Pet a Furry Animal – Petting or snuggling a fuzzy friend is stress-reliever. According to animalsmart.org “playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol.” So, snuggle up and reduce that stress.