You have earnt this break

 

Another term is nearly behind us.
Everyone is wanting a bit of space from the routines of school.
And as a dedicated educator you are looking forward to the two-week break to recharge and consolidate your efforts.

Like all breaks, they can fly by and then you are left wondering what you did.

Here are four things you should allocate time to that will help your wellbeing for next term.

Celebrate difference – Sit at your favourite coffee shop and take time to reflect on the past term.
Visualize your students and colleagues and reflect on the positive contribution you had on their lives. Celebrate the positive impact you have had on the world. We often forget to congratulate ourselves for the hard work we do.

Schedule happiness – Sonja Lyubomirski’s “The Happiness Pie” theory showed that people’s differences in levels of happiness can be attributed to the choices we make that decrease or increase our happiness known as Intentional Activities.
What activity makes you happy that stimulates the brain and you feel a sense of achievement afterwards? Schedule time to do lots of this.

Connect for inspiration – Catching up for coffees and adventures definitely needs to be on the break program. However, consider how you want to feel after the catch-up? Uplifted, inspired, and happy.
Try to balance the negative stories with positive stories. A good ratio is 3 positives to 1 negative. Nothing worse than spending time with friends to leave feeling deflated rather than uplifted.

Immerse in nature – Just a walk in the woods or a stroll by the beach can awaken the innermost feelings of happiness and peace, and Environmental Psychology has gone a long way proving this fact (Bell, Fisher, Baum, Greene, 1996). We all know the feeling of relaxation when gazing at the waters edge or dense vegetation. It is like a switch to the brain to clear the distractions and prepare for calmness. How many times are you going to be in nature this break?

At the end of the break, you want to feel empowered and recharged, so schedule activities that nurture wellbeing.