The good news? The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. There are small green buds on some of the trees and a few early birds are tweeting again.The bad news? There are six more weeks before spring break.
Unless you’re one of the few schools that still have February break, it’s been 8 weeks since your last significant break and you’re fried. What’s worse, the kids are fried. Bad combo to be sure.
What can you do to hang on to your sanity when the light at the end of the tunnel is still so far away? One of my favorite blog posts ever by Captain Awesome on WeAreTeachers has some hysterical ideas, but here are a few of my favorite ways to keep it together.
1. Take a mini vacation on a weekend. Escape somewhere exotic if you’ve got the cash but even a one or two night getaway to a bed and breakfast an hour away can be rejuvenating and refreshing.
2. If that’s out of the cards, build small breaks in to your life. Instead of having your lunch at your desk, go out to the pizza place on the corner. Stop at a park on the way home from work and take a walk. Change of scenery is a change.
3. Have more fun. Have a few friends over for game night. Go to the Friday happy hour after work. Call your college roommate and dish about your college crushes. Let your students run in the playground an extra 5 minutes if they’ve all done their homework. Sing a song. Do a deep dive on YouTube for videos of kittens or 80s rock bands or polar bears swimming in zoos.
4. Change something. Get a haircut. Rearrange the seating in your classroom. Buy a new outfit or pair of shoes. Monotony causes boredom and frustration.
5. If all else fails, take a mental health day. Binge Netflix series and eat junk food. It’s only 1 day. A mentally well teacher is a better teacher. Your students will miss you (and you’ll miss them), and absence makes the heart grow fonder.
You can do this. (I really was saying that more for me than for you.)