Congratulations! You’ve made it through another year. Now put down that box of books, stow away your green and purple pens, and take a deep breath.
It’s difficult to disengage as a teacher. You’re so used to being in “I have too much marking” mode, it becomes normal. However, working in one of the world’s most stressful professions, it’s important that you take some time out for yourself and relax.
But how can you relax when someone points out your “excessive” holidays for the umpteenth time?
Ignore the Naysayers
Take no notice of it. No, you don’t work 09:00-15:30, and the rest of us know it. In reality, it’ll be closer to 60 hours a week.
Don’t feel the need to justify yourself – you know how hard you work!
Finish Those Odd Jobs
For the first few days of your holiday, you’re probably going to be in teacher coma mode. Once you recuperate, this is your chance to do all the odd jobs you promised yourself you’d get around to during term.
Sometimes, we don’t allow ourselves to relax while the thought of an unfinished task looms over us. By pottering around the house and getting it all sorted (at a leisurely pace!), you’re setting yourself up for a relaxing summer holiday.
Get Started Early
I know this isn’t what you want to hear, but if you get all of the holiday schoolwork out of the way early, it’ll be a load off your mind. Renovate your classroom, knock out a new scheme of work, finish your planning – whatever you need to do to be ready for the new year.
Spend Time With Colleagues and Family
These are the people who can sympathise the most with your situation. It goes without saying, but make time for them! Teacher holidays are a huge benefit, and, while we do need them to recover from the day-to-day difficulties of the job, we need to enjoy them to the full!
It might be more expensive than you’d like thanks to the summer holiday price hike, but you deserve it.
We all have a small mountain of “I’ll get around to it” books that we’ve never read. This is your chance to get through them.
If you’re going abroad this year, don’t forget to pack plenty of books!
Start a New Exercise Routine
Pick up yoga, start a new jogging routine, or go all-in with exercise classes. If you can start a routine now that isn’t too time-consuming or difficult, it will carry through to your everyday teaching life.
Learn how to fully de-stress with these techniques. Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation and feel the pressure drop away!