Monumentally Tired #SOL19

“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!

4 thoughts on “Monumentally Tired #SOL19

  1. I really got off-track with my self-care over the past couple of weeks and am trying to get back on track. I find that I feel so much better when I’m more careful about what I eat and when I walk for at least 15-20 minutes daily. I try to make the walking time a little more enjoyable by treating myself to audiobooks.
    I hope that you can catch up on some rest this week and that you enjoy your break!

    • Thank you, Jen! I love the idea of listening to audiobooks as I walk. Do you have any favorite selections that lend themselves to a good walk?

  2. I remember my mentor teacher looking me in the eye and telling me I had NO idea how tired I’d be once I had taught a full year, and he was right! I have zero advice for combatting teacher tired. I was on a good streak of waking up and doing yoga in the morning, and that helped, but so does sleeping in, so that habit fell by the wayside. Just one more quarter left!

    • I understand. My yoga is also hit and miss during times when I need the extra sleep. Yes, one quarter. We can do this!

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