7 teacher-approved tips for unwinding after a challenging day
Okay so this is a bit of a cheat blog, I have used a twitter chat to crowdsource – (tweetsource?) these tips for you. So we have advice from a range of connected educators all in one place!
Here are 7 teacher-approved tips for unwinding after a challenging day:
- Move your body. Go for a walk, do some yoga stretches, or dance around to upbeat music. Physical activity is a great way to release stress and emotions from the day.
- Practice mindfulness. Spend 10-15 minutes doing a mindfulness activity like deep breathing, meditation, or adult coloring. Being present can help calm your thoughts.
- Unplug and unwind. Put away all technology for at least an hour before bedtime. The blue light can disrupt sleep and keep your mind active.
- Journalling. Writing down your thoughts, feelings, and to-do list for tomorrow can help process the day’s events and ease anxiety.
- Enjoy self-care. Take a relaxing bath or shower, treat yourself to a face mask, or read a enjoyable book. Do something just for you.
- Connect with others. Chat with a friend or family member about your day, or do an activity you enjoy together like cooking or playing games.
- Laugh it off. Watch a funny TV show or video, read funny memes, or remember hilarious things that happened with your class.Laughter really is the best medicine.
Indulging in one or more of these relaxing activities after school can help you decompress from challenges, regain perspective, and reset so you’re ready for tomorrow’s teaching adventures. Your well-being is important too.
I asked the question: What is the best advice you have received on unwinding after a challenging day?
We received some great replies, which I may have paraphrased a bit to make them fit on an image. However you can read the original tweets at the bottom of this post. What would be really great though is if you could add your own ideas into the comments section or tweet me.
The general consensus seems to be to treat tomorrow as a brand new day, to take time to process your thoughts and reflect on what has happened to ensure you end one day in a way that doesn’t leave you dreading the next. Easier said than done I hear you cry. But this is where a positive attitude is essential
Another common theme is that of reminding yourself that teaching is such an important job, and of the positive impact you have on the lives of the children you teach.
Distraction from your job and having a hobby were two other tips from Amy, her hobby is pottery.
Now I find this next point really difficult to accomplish. Especially as I write this blog at home. I also find it better to devote a bit of time to clarifying my thoughts and working through anything I’m worried about so downtime is not filled with nagging issues.
So to sum up @Scatti1 reminds us we can control what tomorrow will be like, or at least how we will approach it.
If you don’t already follow these guys I really recommend you do.
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