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Back to School "Me" Time for Teachers

Outside the Box Teaching Ideas

Teacher Stress TipsUnlike my two teenagers won't even look at the calendar, and have declared the word “school” a bad word, it has been on my mind for the last month! The countdown to the first day of school has officially begun. For me, it is in 12 days!

This year, I moved into a new position in a new building and the transition started in mid-July. I made several trips just unloading the boxes of “must have” materials, meeting co-workers (those who were around this early), and learning a new curriculum.

This month, I spent a few days unpacking, sorting, organizing, and putting away - a task I do not recommend in a building with NO air conditioner. It is so easy for me to get caught up in the details of setting up a classroom, planning for the first day, and meeting new parents that I forget to breath! To say it is stressful is an understatement!

While I have so much more to do before T-day (teaching day), I decided that I definitely need a little “ME” time before the year sucks me in and I am consumed with grading, reports, meetings, programs, etc.

To de-stress and make the first day relaxing, I decided to spend a day doing something that does not involve my classroom, my students, co-workers (although I love them), or school in any capacity. I am not sure what I will do yet but I know some of my favorite “me” activities include:

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Teacher De-Stress Step 1:

Curling up on the couch and reading a book that has no educational value at all

I love to read but much of my reading is work related. Since I have my students read LA books, I am reading them as well. It is nice to read a great mystery or dare I say it, romance novel every now and then and not have to analyze it for educational content.

Teacher De-Stress Step 2:

Getting my nails or hair done

One of the most relaxing things is sitting in a salon having someone else pamper you. It doesn't hurt that you walk in on your first day looking pretty good either!

Teacher De-Stress Step 3:

Grabbing my girlfriends for lunch

Adult time is always a good thing. While most of my girlfriends are also teachers, we do try to keep “shop talk” at a minimum. And counting calories is not allowed!

Teacher De-Stress Step 4:

Renting an a comedy and spend the afternoon laughing (with popcorn of course)

Did you know, laughter triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boost your energy, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. So go ahead, LAUGH!

Teacher De-Stress Step 5:

Spending the day at the beach

I love spending time with my two teenagers and their friends (when they are not arguing). We enjoy the beach and while I am not much for actually going in the water, I like watching them splash around. We pack a nice lunch or some snacks and just head out. They are happy which makes for a relaxing mom!

Teaching is one of the most stressful professions in the world. Every day, we wear so many different hats: nurse, babysitter, counselor, administrator, parental doormat, paper pusher, and  educator (just to name a few). While I realize this “me” holiday is just for a day, it is enough to refresh and prepare for me for the many “not me” days coming up.

As I look at the calendar, it is not to count how many days I have left to get the millions of things on my to-do list done, it is now selecting my “Me” day and how I will fill it doing all the things I enjoy doing with the people I enjoy doing them with!

How do you spend the last few days of summer? Share in the comments section!