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5 Ways to Relax and Recharge Over Summer Break

Summer break is upon us once again.

teacher relaxing with a book on summer break

The end of the school year is finally approaching.

Last minute meetings, field trips, assemblies, and very excited children fill your last few weeks. By the last day, you’re exhausted and very ready for a break, so use these 5 ideas to relax and recharge over the summer.

1. Take some time for yourself

During the school year, you’re constantly putting others before yourself. Your free time is spent designing lessons to engage your students and worrying about how they will meet all the standards.

Take the first month of summer break to do some things for you. Get that pedicure you’ve been wanting and go out to lunch with your friends—don’t even think about school. Your brain needs a break from the stresses of teaching.

2. Go on vacation

We all know that going on a week-long vacation during the school year is frowned upon for teachers, meaning summer is your chance to get away.

If you have a large budget, hop on a plane to a beach paradise and forget about the real world. If your budget is smaller or you have little kids, day trips might be what you need. Go to an amusement park, zoo, or museum and have some fun family time.

If you have relatives who live a few hours away, you can visit them and get away at the same time! My family will be spending a week in Washington, DC and a week in Ocean City, Maryland while visiting relatives this summer.

3. Start a new hobby

As educators, all of our time is taken up by lesson planning, grading, and teaching while the school year is in full swing. Use the summer to try something new. Learn how to knit a blanket, cook a new meal, or play an instrument. Maybe you will even be able to share your new talent with your students next year!

4. Exercise and eat healthier

I’ve found that my health suffers during the school year. By the time I get home from school, the last thing I want to do is exercise. Instead, I kick back on the couch, turn on the TV, and do school work.

Summer is the perfect time to get back into a new exercise routine. Join a gym or just go for a daily walk. Go outside and run around with your own kids. Swim laps at the pool while your kids play. There are lots of fun ways to get some extra exercise over the summer.

In addition to not exercising during the school year, I find myself eating less-than-healthy foods, too. The snacks in the teacher’s lounge are really hard to ignore, and it's easy to go to the local drive-thru on the way home from a busy day at school.

Use the summer to get your eating habits back on track. Visit your local farmer’s market to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables. Make more meals at home instead of going out to eat. A healthier lifestyle will help you recharge for the new school year.

5. Find new ideas while relaxing

Believe me—I know how hard it is to turn off your "teacher brain." Even during the summer, we think about our students and want to plan fun new activities.

Luckily, there are some ways to discover new ideas while relaxing. My personal favorite way is by searching Pinterest while sitting by the pool. I save new ideas to my boards so I can go back and check them out later.

If there’s an education book you want to read, do it while relaxing on the beach. You’ll get great new ideas to use in your classroom while relaxing and soaking in some sun.

No matter how you choose to spend your time, be sure to take advantage of your summer break. There will be plenty of time to set up your classroom and plan lessons for your students in August. Take the time to relax and recharge so you’re ready to inspire a new group of students at the start of the school year.

 

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Author Bio:

Tara Dusko is a 3rd-grade teacher and mom of two. She blogs about ways to have a fun, low-stress year as a teacher at Teach Without Tears and about time and money-saving tips for moms at Flavors, Fashion, and Fun.

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