With so many things happening in and out of the classroom, a reset has never sounded so good. What do you have in the works for the upcoming school break? If you’re needing some fresh ideas on how you can reset, there are many little ways we can take care of ourselves—whether we have five minutes or five days. Check out the ways educators from our DEN Community are practicing self-care and get inspired to unwind!
Disconnect to Reconnect
A crucial tip for any school break is to disconnect from outside distractions and reconnect to yourself and what’s important at home. A Georgia Instructional Technology Specialist exclaims, “It is VERY important to disconnect—allow yourself to recharge! Try your best not to take work home with you” and focus on you and your loved ones.
Look to the Outdoors for Inspiration
Kimberly Castner, a 4th grade teacher from NC, knows “School breaks are a time to rest and recharge to finish out the school year strong!” Kim says, “My tip for educators who are looking to take care of themselves over a break is to look to the outdoors for inspiration. A daily nature walk, time spent in the sunshine, or gardening are all great ways to slow down and focus on yourself during that time.”
While the weather may be different in a winter, spring, or summer break, getting outside to experience the fresh air is always a great idea! Taking some time to enjoy the outdoors can be a great change of pace and help clear your mind so you feel recharged once it’s time to head back to the classroom!
Remember It's a BREAK!
“Schedules are busy, but a school break is a time to unwind and take a break,” emphasizes Misty Smith, an Applications Integrations Specialist from GA. “On your next break, take a moment to get outside and move in a new way. Gather a few friends to go kayak, play frisbee golf, or just take a walk to share some laughs! We all know laughter is food for the soul.”
Misty’s advice stands for any school break. While winter holidays, spring travel plans, and summer fun can make schedules feel busy, make sure you build in time to relax and recharge in a way that helps fuel you.
Maybe You Can Have a Spa Day After All!
One DEN member suggests, “The best self-care tip I can give to my fellow educators is to have a spa day! You can go to an actual spa (even book a trip to a spa resort) or make an at-home spa experience for yourself. All you need is a nice, relaxing atmosphere, some bath soaks, great smelling lotions, good music, and a good book.
“Taking time to reflect on the past, dream about the future, and relish in the moments of success is so important because it gives you a focus and [renewed] purpose. Whatever you decide to do for a break, make it count by counting yourself worthy of self-care!”
Know What You Need, and What You Don't
“Take a digital self-assessment and scale back to mindfully embrace some down time!”, says an Instructional Technology & Interactive Learning Consultant from Michigan. “For guidance, I appreciate Meghan Livingstone’s 7 Digital Well Care Habits:
- Start the day tech-free.
- Assess your screen time.
- Turn off push notifications.
- Take intentional breaks.
- Adjust what your exposed to.
- Implement blue light protection.
- And document mindfully!
Find more tips for teachers and guidance for students to practice some much-needed self-care in Discovery Education Experience! Explore the Educator Supports for an extensive library of resources that support professional learning, and classroom resources for all grades. You can also find ready-to-use activities in the Health Channel, as well as Virtual Field Trips and even more health and wellness content collections.