5 Easy Self-Care Ideas for Tired Teachers During Winter Break

Winter break is among us, teachers! Finally! It is time for some serious self-care. I have been waiting for this time since Thanksgiving break. The three weeks in between breaks seemed to drag on and on. The students were more than ready for a break, and let’s be honest, so was I. 

I have been put through the wringer this year, mentally and emotionally. If you’re like me,  you were counting down the days to break. I began to plan my lessons so my students worked more independently. We reviewed a lot of concepts. This break was much anticipated and needed. 

The holidays are a busy time of year for many people. Hopefully, you can make some time for yourself during this break.

Below are five self-care ideas to help you feel refreshed and rejuvenated. 

5 Self-Care Tips

1. No Work During Break

This is hard to do for many people, I know. But this is your break, treat it as such. Spend time doing things you don’t normally get to do during the school week. For example, you can take a morning walk, watch the sunrise, stay in your pajamas, watch TV, spend time drinking your morning coffee. 

If you feel like you must work (trust me, you don’t need to), make sure you are spending your time doing something you enjoy. Practice the art of satisficing. This idea was presented to us in a Professional Development at work. Satisficing is where you do just enough to get the job done. I believe teachers need to practice this more often.

2. Refrain From Checking Your Work Email

This is another one that I know is hard for some people. I practice strict boundaries with my work email. I don’t check them during breaks and I only check them while I am at work. The emails can wait until you are back at work, I promise! 

I suggest that you disconnect your work email from your phone. There will be less temptation to check it if you have to log in each time. I usually check my work email the night before I return to work.   

3. Get Some Alone Time

Spend some time alone to connect and realign with yourself. Spending time alone helps you understand yourself better. 

If you have little ones, take advantage of the holiday and have your partner or family watch the kids. If your family isn’t in town take advantage of an early morning or late night to schedule in some alone time for yourself. 

One of my favorite ways to connect with myself is through journaling. I love using journals with dotted pages because it give me more freedom to express through drawing. Check out my favorite journals on amazon here. 

Another way I connect with myself is through breathwork. I think breathwork is one of the top self-care and self-healing modalities. If you would like to try breathwork you can book a session with me or check out one of my breathwork videos

4. Try Something New

Breaks are the perfect excuse to try something new. This is the perfect time to do the thing you have been wanting to try for a while. Visiting new places is a great way to find new things to try. You don’t need to travel far. It can be as simple as taking a new route during your walk. 

The other day I was on a run and I typically pass by a bridge overlooking the ocean. I had never been on the bridge but I decided that I was going to check it out. I was so glad that I had veered off my usual path. Trying something new can be as simple as that.

5. Move Your Body

Remember to take the time to move your body each day. If you already have a movement practice, great! Keep it up. If you struggle with movement, it can be as simple as a 15 minute walk. Yoga can be done from the comfort of your home. You can also use the extra time to head to the gym.