The end of the school year can be an overwhelming time for teachers. After months of hard work and dedication, it’s important for educators to take some time for themselves over the summer break. Self-care is crucial for teachers to recharge, reflect, and return to the classroom refreshed and energized. Here are some tips on how teachers can practice self-care over the summer:  


Set boundaries:

One of the most important aspects of self-care is setting boundaries. Teachers should establish limits on their work hours, technology use, and other aspects of their daily routines. By setting boundaries, teachers can ensure they have time for themselves and their families over the summer.  


Get outside:

Spending time in nature is a great way to recharge and reduce stress. Teachers can take advantage of the summer weather by spending time outdoors, whether that means going for a hike, taking a swim, or simply enjoying a picnic in the park.    



Prioritize sleep: 

During the school year, it can be difficult for teachers to get enough sleep. Over the summer, it’s important to prioritize rest and relaxation by setting a consistent sleep schedule and sticking to it.




Pursue hobbies:

Teachers should take advantage of the summer break to pursue hobbies and interests that they may not have had time for during the school year. Whether it’s painting, gardening, or learning a new language, engaging in activities that bring joy and fulfillment can help teachers feel more balanced and refreshed.

I personally have found puzzling to be a wonderful hobby that works your brain but also allows you to zone out and leave stress behind.



Connect with others:

Summer is a great time to connect with friends, family, and colleagues outside of the classroom. Teachers can schedule social activities or attend professional development events to stay connected and engaged.      



By prioritizing self-care over the summer break, teachers can return to the classroom with renewed energy and enthusiasm. Hopefully, this summer habit will be able to carry over into the next school year for added stress reduction.  Additionally, taking care of oneself can serve as an excellent model for students, who can benefit from seeing their teachers prioritize mental and physical health. Remember, taking care of oneself is not selfish – it’s essential.

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