Let’s be real, as teachers, we look forward to school holidays like kids look forward to Christmas. It’s our chance to kick off our shoes, relax and recharge after a busy term. But some people out there argue that we get too many holidays. I’m here to say that school holidays are important for us to find inspiration and to take care of our mental health.
We need time away from the classroom to unwind, spend time with loved ones and focus on ourselves. Let’s face it, teaching is a mentally and emotionally demanding job, and we need time to recharge our batteries. School holidays give us the chance to do just that.
But what can we do with our holidays to improve our wellbeing and student outcomes? Here are ten things that teachers can do during their breaks:
- Get out into nature. Go hiking, camping or take a stroll through the park. It’s a great way to clear your mind and reduce stress.
- Read a book. Whether it’s a thriller or a professional development book, reading can be a great way to gain new perspectives and stimulate the mind.
- Travel. Take a road trip or hop on a plane and explore somewhere new. It’s a great way to gain inspiration and new ideas for the classroom.
- Hang out with family and friends. Take the time to connect with your loved ones and get some much-needed support.
- Attend professional development workshops or conferences. It’s a great way to gain new skills and knowledge that can benefit your students.
- Volunteer. Give back to your community and feel good about making a difference.
- Take up a new hobby. Whether it’s painting, playing an instrument, or cooking, having a creative outlet can be a great way to reduce stress and find inspiration.
- Get active. Exercise is a great way to boost your energy and reduce stress.
- Meditate. Take time to clear your mind and focus on mindfulness. It’s a great way to reduce stress and gain clarity.
- Write. Whether it’s in a journal or a blog, writing can be a great way to reflect on experiences and gain insight.
As Ralph Marston said, “Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.” –
So, let’s embrace school holidays and use this time to rejuvenate and find inspiration. By taking care of ourselves, we can be the best teachers we can be for our students.