It’s now holiday time and that means it is time to relax and unwind after a busy Term 1. But we know in the world of being a teacher, it can be difficult to leave all your stresses at the door when you leave school on the last day of term. So, here are five tips for unwinding in the school holidays.
Reflect on the term
Take some time early on in the school holidays to briefly reflect on the term just past. Think about some of the things that went well and things that possibly could’ve gone better. Once you’ve done this, consider any areas you might try to improve on next term before moving on to your holiday. It is important you try not to think about this again until you go back to school, otherwise unwinding in the school holidays will be difficult to achieve.
If you are struggling to unwind in those first few days of the school holidays, consider doing some meditation. Meditation can help to reduce your stress levels by making you regulate your breathing and your thoughts. It can be difficult to get into meditation but if you can make it part of your routine, you will notice you can take greater control of your stress. The school holidays are a perfect time to get started with meditation. There are plenty of free apps you can download to get started with meditation.
Do a digital detox
Sometimes it’s good to get away from screens for a while and the school holidays is a perfect time to do it! Stepping away from your phone or computer can help you to take a break from checking your emails and scrolling through social media. If you can do this, you will find you feel more present in the moment and you will also be more productive and have more time on your hands as a result. Even if you can’t stay away from your phone for a long period of time, try to distance yourself from it for a couple of days, even if it’s just for a couple of hours a day.
Take some ‘me time’
It’s important to use the school holidays as an opportunity to do the things you love and may not have time for during term. This may be catching up with friends, a long bush walk or watching movies or a television series on Netflix. Taking the time to do these things during the holidays can help you to feel more relaxed and you will also feel satisfied that you made time for these things once school starts back.
Have a schedule
Having a schedule may seem counterintuitive to unwinding but having an idea about what you need to do and when it needs to be done by can help you to manage your stress levels. This schedule can make you more productive when getting important things like schoolwork done, but it can also help you to make the most of your ‘me time’ during your time off. Sticking to the schedule can also prevent you feeling like you have wasted your holidays once you get to the end.