Tip #1 Don’t over schedule yourself.
Allow for down time to just hang out and do nothing. I know it is tempting to try to catch up on some grading or planning or housework, but don’t forget to take time for yourself.
Need some do nothing inspiration? Check out one of my favorite sites: Love Wasting Time: A Pause In A World of Bigger, Better, Faster, More.
Tip #2 Sleep a little more at night.
My own sleep is much more restful in the hours before midnight so I try to get as many of those as possible. That may be because I get up ridiculously early with my daughter, but whatever. I try to be in bed by nine and asleep by 10. I know, I’m an early bird! However you stock up on your own sleep, please do. The more the merrier when it comes to sleep!
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Tip #3 Nap during the day or practice some restorative yoga.
It has been said restorative yoga can feel more refreshing than taking a nap. I have to agree (except of course when I’m too tired and I just fall asleep).
A little home retreat for 90 minutes.
At home mini vacation for 15 minutes.
Tip #4 Take time away from working/computer/screens and step into nature.
The NY Times explains the science behind what we already instinctively know: a break from technology is a good thing.
You don’t have to go far – the back yard, a local park or lake – just take your shoes off, lay a blanket on the grass and look up at the sky.
Tip #5 Exercise.
Sometime this is the first thing to go when things at work get busy, so while on break take advantage of this extra time to take care of yourself. Exercise is nature’s anti-depressant.
Maybe you check out a class usually out of reach because you are at work. Now’s the time to try that morning Zumba, weight lifting or ballet class. Why not try some Pilates or kickboxing? Or just grab your shoes and a friend and head out for a leisurely stroll around your neighborhood. Instead of driving to your coffee date, dust off your bike and cruise on over.
Tip #6 Connect with friends or family.
It’s during school breaks that I get to go out to lunch. Oh how I miss this during the year. So if you are like me and love a leisurely midday meal with a friend or close family member, get it on the schedule now.
Do you have any tried and true ways to make sure you return to school after break feeling refreshed and ready to face the end of the school year?
Please share in the comments and if you found these tips helpful, please share with your friends and family.
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