How do teachers restore themselves?

Amy Gonzalez Middle School English Teacher

As much as I am concerned with the social and emotional well being of our students, I am also concerned with the health of teachers. It's just about mid-summer and I hope all you teachers have been able to feel a lighter and brighter than usual. Please share with me how you restore yourself in the summer and even more importantly, during the school year. There is nothing more overly stimulating than teaching and I frequently feel drained when the day is done.

I am hoping to collect responses to put on my new blog: http://alwaysafirst.com/

I also think this can be an excellent ongoing forum to help throughout the year!

Reading, writing, and running is what is pepping me up now.

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restoring myself...

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Exercise and adequate amounts of sleep are key! Another key element is taking time to network with colleagues. It seems that I can get so much more accomplished, and be a lot more positive in the classroom when those three key elements are in place.

Teacher at Kiama High School In NSW Australia

I'm with Nicole on this one.

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I'm with Nicole on this one. Meditation does the trick. Reading a feel good novel works too.

Teacher at Roosevelt UFSD

Relaxation for ME!

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What I do to relax is plenty of reading and taking "staycations" at the beach, my husband is a lifeguard during the summers!" Listening to music and watching cartoons. Yes I said cartoons! To me watching cartoons helps me to relive being a young girl and enjoying life as a child.

5th Grade Language Arts

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It is good to hear some of the responses. This is my first time posting, and I am trying to redirect my own energy.

Over the summer, I read The Happiness Project. There were many sections of the book which were meaningful, but one phrase stuck out to me. Not sure if I agreed with the theory or not, but I thought it was worth a shot. In her book, the author researched "venting". Did it really help? After extensive research, she could not find any proof that venting when frustrated actually helped the person venting or those around the person. So, I thought I would give it a shot. Instead of venting, I try to meditate - not being a person good at self reflection and meditation - this was a big stretch or redirect my thoughts. For now, I seem to be more energized. Who knows if it will last, but it is working for now:)

High School Math Teacher, American International School-Riyadh

Recharge

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There are many ways that my wife and I recharge over summer/winter/spring break, long weekends, and sometimes even regular weekends. During the school year, leaving everything work related at work for the weekend is usually the easiest. Yes, the first time you do it you feel a bit guilty and it is this guilt that keeps you from doing it too often. Long weekends are a great time to go for an overnight trip somewhere. Doesn't have to be over the top, as a matter of fact the best is to go stay at a friends house or with a really close relative, ours happens to be my in-laws place believe it or not. HA! Over longer breaks, it is great to just relax and not think about the current or past year but maybe plan for the next...especially over the summer. These breaks are also a great time to go to conferences to get fresh ideas on new techniques to try in your classroom or new bits of technology to play with or even a new book to read. Any way to keep it all fresh and new in your mind is a great way to recharge yourself and keep yourself away from the burn out.

Preschool

I read professional articles

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I read professional articles and blogs such as these to mentally prep myself for tough scenarios. At the end of the day, I put my feet up, meditate, and watch some comedy shows on TV.

K-3 Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Special Education Teacher

I have recently started

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I have recently started running and I cannot believe I have not been doing this longer! I have never regretted a run! It helps me to clear my head and keep things in perspective!

Additionally, I believe in self-affirmation. Finding the self-affirmation that works for you, can help you find the peace you are looking for after a hard day teaching! What are you favorite self-affirmations?

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