With the end of the school year in sight, it is natural for teachers and pupils to begin winding down for the summer holidays. After a challenging and unusual school year, some may find it hard to shut off from their everyday routine and take work home with them, so they do not fall behind. It is so important to maintain a healthy work-life balance and take time out in the summer holidays for yourself.

Reflect
Before you start your summer holidays, reflect on your experiences during the past academic year. What were your successes? What challenged you and how did you overcome these? What are your targets for the next academic year? Write down your ideas, plans and vision including lesson ideas,
classroom displays and priorities.

Make plans
Set time aside to do the things you enjoy; start a new hobby or schedule some time with friends. This will allow you to switch off from work and focus on something other than marking coursework or lesson plans! Spending time with others, who do not work in your industry, will also help to disconnect from work.

Set boundaries
Be sure to switch off any work phones/laptops that may distract you. If you need to catch up with work over the holidays, write a list of all the things you would like to achieve before the start of the new academic year. Once you have made your list, set a suitable date and time when you can really
concentrate and spend a day or two preparing for the new term. Don’t leave it until the last minute!

Get outdoors
It is proven that spending time outdoors, be it exercising or socialising, is great for your mental health and will boost your mood. Why not head out for a picnic or go for a long walk? Make the most of the nice weather we may only have a few days of sun!

Surround yourself with family
Some may find it hard to connect with their family as much as they would like, due to busy work schedules and demanding work hours. If you have children, plan some great days out or get creative with some arts and crafts. Your children need the break as much as you do!

New opportunities
If you are looking for a new challenge, why not consider working as a supply teacher. There are many benefits to registering with CER Education.

 

Our job is about finding the best people to work in our schools. Whether you’re looking for a supply cover role or a long-term position, we’re confident we can match you with the perfect school. Find out more here.

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