6 Festive Wellness Tips for Teachers
This year has been a unique year and while it can be a time of joy, rest & relaxation, the holidays can bring a lot of demands such as financial, social and family commitments. While, you can’t choose when Christmas comes, you can choose to help yourself get through it:
Reduce Screen Time
We won’t be able to cut out Zoom and FaceTime completely this year. Where possible we should log off where we can. We can do this by creating digital free rooms – Whether it’s the bedroom, living room or dining room, creating an environment where you can be present with your thoughts, talk with family or just curl up with a book.
The Perfect Christmas – Adverts, Instagram, movies all create the image of a “perfect Christmas” but everybody has a different idea of perfect. And, in reality, perfect doesn’t exist! Don’t compare your cosy night in with somebody else’s wild night out. Do what makes you happy, not what gives others the impression you’re happy.
Try to have your shopping done and tie up all of your loose ends before Christmas Eve so that there is nothing to distract you from relaxing and enjoying the festivities. Block out time in your calendar for “you time”; days where you don’t have social commitments, just time to relax, read a book or watch a movie on your own or with your family. Fiona Forman of Weaving Wellbeing discusses Teacher Wellbeing in our upcoming event – NQT FEST in January.
Reduce the Booze
Most of us love a Christmas tipple and it is a common form of socialising. However, alcohol is a natural depressant and it increases problems for those suffering from depression, feelings of isolation and self-doubt. Suggest grabbing coffee and going for a stroll together or go for an early lunch instead of dinner and drinks.
I am sure we are all looking forward to a well-deserved lie-in but it is important to try and maintain a healthy sleep pattern throughout the Christmas period. If we stay in bed until 11am each day it will be more difficult to get back into a routine after the holidays.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious or just need to ground yourself, take a few minutes to try one of the below techniques:
- Box Breathing – Breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, breathe out for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds – repeat.
- Out loud, name 3 things you see, 3 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear
- 5-minute grounding meditation
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In other news…
We are beyond excited about this LIVE event on Saturday 9th January 10am – 2pm.
- Online Conference – accessible from your home – all you need is a cuppa, notebook, pen and a smile!
- Certified for Croke Park hours & CPD Record
- Expert Speakers on Special Education, Restorative Practice, Teacher Wellbeing & Assessment
- Teacher Panel share experience & advice
- Q & A / Discussion Opportunities