Holiday Self-Care for Teachers

November 28, 2017

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In the Classroom

The holiday season is in full swing! But between juggling a busy school schedule and holiday duties at home, it can be hard to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.

To help you stay merry and stress-free, we’ve rounded up several ways you can take on the holiday season in stride. 

Socialize at school: While it can feel overwhelming as your calendar fills up with staff holiday parties, school concerts and plays, take the time to RSVP “yes” and attend at least a few of these events. Socialize with your colleagues outside of work and enjoy the excitement of the holiday season together because before you know it, the holidays will be over. Plus, you’ll show that you’re a real team player and not a Grinch this year!

Have healthy holidays: When you’re prioritizing your class and family responsibilities, it can be easy to forget about your own health. Make sure you stick to a regular sleep schedule, drink lots of water during the day and keep up your regular exercise habits. If you’re worried about overindulging with all of the holiday treats, try making your own healthy holiday recipes or watch portion sizes at potlucks and gatherings.

Cozy up to winter break: With winter break around the corner, make sure you treat yourself for all of the hard work you’ve done since the beginning of the school year. Schedule a spa appointment or make a reservation through OpenTable at the new restaurant in town. You’ll have something to look forward to and keep you motivated the last few weeks before break!

Just breathe: Between hosting family and friends and trying to avoid last-minute holiday shopping, there’s a lot to manage! If you need a brief break from these responsibilities, try taking a breather and meditate. Free apps like Simple Habit can walk you through five-minute guided meditations. And according to research, meditation can actually help you lower stress levels!

Teachers, let us know what you think! How will you plan for the upcoming holiday season?

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