Summer is finally here and with another school year in the books, many teachers look forward to the relaxing days ahead. But, let’s be honest. How many teachers actually use this time to rest and recuperate? Often, summer is a time to catch up on daily to-dos. In addition, many teachers spend their time off thinking of ways to revamp their lessons, organize the classroom and edit their syllabus before the next school year begins. While some of these tasks are unavoidable, summer is the perfect time to rest up for the year ahead. After all, one of the many joys of being a teacher is the benefit of having summers off, so it’s time to take advantage. Thankfully, Synergy is here to help! Here are some tips and tricks to finding your inner peace this summer.
Find a Balance
One of the many reasons teachers choose their profession is the joy they feel connecting with students and helping them reach their goals. Unfortunately, hectic school year schedules mean various personal necessities, including teachers’ health and wellness, are set aside. However, teachers’ well-being is crucial, not only for themselves but for their students too! So, use this time off to find a balance between caring for yourself and preparing for the school year ahead. Designate specific timeslots to work on your school-related tasks and don’t stray from the schedule! In addition, schedule your ‘fun’ tasks and self-care appointments so you’re more likely to follow through. Summer is a great time to catch up on routine appointments such as doctor’s visits, a hair salon trip, or finally, take that vacation to visit friends and family you don’t get to see throughout the rest of the year.
Take Time to Unplug
In a world dictated by technology, social media and constant communication, it can be challenging to step away. However, taking the time to unplug from the digital world can benefit both your physical and mental health. Here are some benefits to logging offline this summer:
- More Free Time: Recent studies have proven that unplugging from the digital world helps improve quality of life due to more free time to spend with friends, exploring the outdoors, exercising, cooking and more.
- Improved Sleep Quality: It’s no secret that mobile phone notifications and social media usage can negatively impact sleep quality. So, if you’re looking to sleep more soundly, try logging off and avoid checking your phone an hour before bed!
- Stress Relief: Unplugging from technology offers the perfect chance to reset, slow down and be in the present moment. Thus, leading to less stress and more mindfulness.
Being responsible for 20 or more kids every day can take a toll. Factor in the time spent grading papers and tests, attending school functions and planning the daily agenda. That’s why it’s essential to use your time off to take time for yourself and engage in self-care practices that leave you feeling relaxed, rested and refreshed for the upcoming school year ahead. Engaging in a regular self-care routine has been clinically proven to reduce or eliminate feelings of anxiety and depression, reduce stress, boost mood and energy levels and improve concentration. Self-care can include anything from cooking your favorite meal to trying a new yoga class or treating yourself to a therapeutic massage. No matter what you do, it’s essential to take time for yourself.
Rest and Relax with Synergy
We at Synergy Health believe that taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of others. That’s why we are proud to offer a variety of services to help teachers feel their best. We have all the tools you need to relax this summer, from chiropractic adjustments, relaxing facials, and massage therapy. In addition, we’ve adjusted our summer hours to provide more opportunities for you to come in and get pampered as you deserve! Summer will be over before you know it, so schedule your session before it’s too late. Contact us today to learn more and spend your summer with Synergy.