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School’s out for summer - Eight tips to enjoy the break

Date posted : 10 July 2024

School is finally out for summer. Final-year students have left with scribbled shirts for pastures new. Final assemblies have taken place, and thank-you cards and gifts have been gratefully received. Now all that awaits are exam results and weeks of summer. 

After a demanding school year, all teachers deserve a well-earned break. One to unwind and enjoy life outside the classroom. Switching off might seem challenging, but it's crucial for your well-being. During the academic year, teachers are constantly planning and preparing. The summer break offers a chance to rest and recharge. This all enhances cognitive performance and prepares educators for the challenges ahead.

A well-spent summer break has benefits including reduced stress, lower blood pressure, better sleep, and happiness. School's out for the summer, and it's the perfect time for teachers to unwind and recharge before the new term begins. Although the summer break seems long, all teachers (and parents) know that this flashes in the blink of an eye. Here are some tips for enjoying time away from school. 

Eight tips for enjoying the summer 

Make a plan

If you need to catch up on school-related or personal admin tasks, set aside specific times for work to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Give yourself a daily tech-free window to relax your mind and truly disconnect from work and admin. 

Enjoy your hobbies 

Whether it's rediscovering a passion for walking, crafting, hitting the gym, or spending quality time with loved ones, indulge in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Whether trying out jazzercise or digging out cookbooks, engaging in enjoyable leisure activities boosts mental and physical well-being. 

Spend time with loved ones

Teaching often means missing out on special occasions with friends, family, and even your children. The summer holidays provide teachers with moments to reconnect with family and friends. This creates cherished memories and strengthens friendships. 

Take a holiday or day out

Plan a getaway or explore new places locally to rejuvenate your spirit and gain fresh perspectives. Whether opting for a UK staycation or venturing abroad, summer holidays enable you to explore new cultures, relax on the beach, or explore historical landmarks. Travel broadens perspectives, rejuvenates the spirit, and provides valuable experiences that can enhance teaching skills and classroom discussions upon return.

Prioritise sleep

Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night to ensure you're refreshed and mentally prepared for the challenges ahead.

The art of doing nothing 

The Italians embrace ‘La dolce far niente,’ or ‘the sweetness of doing nothing.’ During the summer holidays, teachers can embrace this, without the need to fly to Rome. Teachers are busy during term time, and summer can feel like a guilty pleasure. Yet, there is no need to stay busy. Sometimes, taking a break can help you become a better teacher. 

Professional development

While relaxation is vital, some teachers find the holidays give them the space and time for personal and professional growth. This could include reading books or listening to podcasts, upskilling through online courses, and preparing for the upcoming school year.

TV, film, and books

Streaming services are known for having award-worthy series. But late-night marking and other commitments often mean there is no time to keep up with the latest Netflix drama. TV programmes and new film releases have likely been the topic of classroom, staffroom, and playground conversations. Now is the time to catch up, so reach for the remote, book the cinema tickets, and pick up that latest book you’ve been meaning to read

Teachers, as you bid farewell to the classroom trials and tribulations, remember that your well-being is paramount to your effectiveness as a teacher. Use this summer break to replenish your energy and return to school feeling rejuvenated and ready to inspire. So, dive into those hobbies, soak up the sunshine, and enjoy every non-teaching moment. Come September, you'll be refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready for whatever the next term brings. 

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