Teaching is a full-time job that requires 100% attention and effort all round the clock. We know you love your students and want to make a positive change in their life. However, be it teaching in class or tutoring virtually, the everyday routine makes you want to take a break from the classroom. The best way to deal with this is to take some time off for yourself to relax and unwind.
Taking a break is easier said than done. You will find yourself sitting on your couch, with thoughts of your students and your curriculum flooding your mind. To make the break easier for you, we have come up with a list of activities that you can indulge in. These will not only help in calming yourself down but also getting back to work with a clear mind.
Spend Time with Friends and Family
With the luxury of a break, you will have ample time to socialize and make memories with your family and friends. Even if it is a video call amidst social distancing, spend hours talking to that friend you have been ignoring because of too much workload!
Read a book or binge on your favorite show
A book here refers to an actual novel! Do away with your textbooks and theory papers, just spend time reading a novel that catches your attention. Otherwise, you will never have the time to read something off the syllabus or watch something apart from lessons!
Focus on your fitness
Even if it is an evening walk, go for it. Now that you have time in your hands, try to come up with a workout plan that will keep you active and energized all through the day.
Play Catch up
Teaching means compromising on your sleep schedule. A break does not only give you a chance to catch up on your sleep but any other menial tasks that have been put on hold.
Turn off your brain
We are aware that all teachers are multi-taskers, making over a thousand decisions a day. You have a chance to switch off the intellectual part of your brain and focus on your hobbies and interests.
The last one is my personal favorite, do nothing! Sometimes taking time off is not only about focusing on your hobbies or completing tasks that you have missed out on. Sometimes, it is as easy as lazing around in your bed all day, at peace with your thoughts.
In fact, you can also choose to ignore all these suggestions and do something completely different on your own! The point is, breaks are important for you to look forward to each day of your teaching. Believe it or not, working for hours every day can result in feeling tired and burnt out. We are sure you do not want that to happen if you want to give your 100% to the students!
We would love to hear about your idea of taking a day off to rest and relax. If you want to share your ideal break with us, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.