“There is no tired like teacher tired.”
I’ve seen this incredibly true quote on social media many times. Each school year I try to find better ways to care for myself in hopes that when school breaks occur, I won’t be completely and utterly exhausted.
By taking care of myself, I mean doing all of the basics: attempting to eat more nutritious foods, going to bed at a decent hour, sleeping an extra 20 minutes in the morning, trying to get in extra movement each day, and taking a multivitamin. I work on managing stress through yoga and breath, and I am learning to be more efficient and leave the stress at school, thanks to listening to podcasts and reading books by Angela Watson and Dan Tricarico.
Even with all my efforts, I find that when the breaks occur, I am absolutely beat. It takes a good couple of days for me to settle in and feel rested. At the beginning of summer break, it takes up to two weeks to feel more rested. All day today I found myself yawning and struggling to stay awake. Today was a day with my grandchildren, so taking a nap was not an option.
In full disclosure, I do feel a little better than I have in the past. I think the effort to live more healthfully has made a small difference. However, I will continue my quest to keep improving in this area in hopes that school will not wear me to such a frazzle during these times of the year.
What tips/self-care habits do you have to combat teacher tiredness? I would love to know!