We all know that times have been difficult during the pandemic. As we slowly venture down the road map back to normality, we are enormously grateful for the continual effort and work teachers have provided. But we know that the work doesn’t stop because it is the holidays and that’s why Guide to Life have put together 10 wellbeing tips for teachers the Easter break.
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Enjoy your time out of the classroom
A Easter Detox
Check in with Friends and Colleagues
As inherently social creatures, most humans find their greatest source of happiness and satisfaction in relationships with other people.
This year has been tough. Everyone has been isolated to some extent and kept away from friends and family. As lockdown eases, we recommend from the 29th March 2021 (all being well) going out and organising to see family and friends for a little coffee catch-up (in line with government guidelines) or even picking up the phone, to keep the communication flowing and not feeling so distant.
Just remember others are feeling just as alone and overwhelmed. Having support from others works wonders.
Another simple tip is being active. Something that might be forgotten or neglected while being busy as the Easter Bunny!
It doesn’t have to be a drastic change even a walk can blow away the cobwebs.
Why not try the 7 minute workout?
Another Mood Booster is DANCING!
The free motion and stretching movements of dance can help to release tension from the body and lift your spirits.
Put a favourite song on your headphones, step away from the computer, and hop to the bop letting loose for a minute — it’s almost guaranteed to boost your mood
The part of the brain that processes smells is located in close proximity to that which governs emotion and memory, so scent can be a powerful way to induce pleasant emotions and calm the mind. Essential oils can be particularly effective.
Try keeping ylang ylang, peppermint or lavender essential oils at your desk and applying a small amount on the skin when you start feeling stressed.
Where to get essential oils
Podcasts and Wellbeing Apps
Take a breather and bask in the spring fresh air with a calming podcast or wellbeing app.
Check out these perfect podcasts and wonderful wellbeing apps to get you through the holidays.
- Power Hour – What could you do, if you dedicated just one hour each day to improving yourself and your life?
- The Daily Boost – Motivation podcast that makes goals setting, time management, productivity, and building self-confidence easier than ever.
- Teacher Toolkit Podcast – For all the latest gossip, interviews and thoughts on education.
- Headspace – Few minutes a day of wellbeing for healthier, happier and more well-rested life.
- Sleep Cycle – An alarm clock app which tracks your sleep patterns.
- Colorfly – A colour therapy app for adults. Download from the Apple Store and Google Play.
We also, recommend creating a playlist of your music favourites or calming music to really get into the relaxing mood.
Life still goes on after the school gates are shut for the holidays. It’s important to communicate your feelings throughout this time and remember…
“There are no teachers who have perfect lessons every day, never doubting themselves. We teach children, after all, and children are not perfect human beings. So reach out to others, realise that you are not alone and that most teachers who seem like they have it all together probably have off days as well. Bad days do not define us, they are an opportunity to grow. We feel our bads so innately because we take pride in what we do – that is the mark of a great teacher who is making a difference. Even if it does not feel like it that day.” – Secret Teacher
Challenge yourself to learn something new whether it be a new activity or developing a new skill. This can stimulate the mind in a different way and feels like a breath of fresh air.
- Play an Instrument
- Write a Short Story
- Try Origami
- Learn a New Language
Hobbies and Interests
Get back into what you love to do best!
Your hobbies and interests make you happy and with time off its the perfect time to give back to yourself and what your are passionate about. Hobbies give you an opportunity to enhance your life and allow you to destress yourself while remaining mentally productive, all in all improving your mental wellbeing.
Schedule in wellbeing
Sticking to a routine can anchor us, the predictability of routine can offer some comfort in an otherwise unpredictable world.
As long as we’re finding our routines helpful and not harmful, and feel able to flex and change them as our life changes, they can be a great thing to build on and develop over time.
- We will all value different things –For some of us it might be reading with the kids, others might want some time each day to play with their cat, some of us might enjoy sitting and reading for a little while. For many of us, it will be something else entirely, but that’s why our daily routines are individual to us.
We hope you have enjoyed reading our blog and found our Easter Wellbeing Tips helpful!
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