Are you reading posts on social media excitedly expressing, ‘I’m free, I’m free, I’m free at last!’ or maybe you have exclaimed this recently yourself? Most teachers around the nation love their careers; however they welcome summer with open arms. June, July and August is a time for educators to look forward to the three R’s- relaxing, refueling and reflecting.
The benefits of the three R’s are for your physical, mental and spiritual well being. In an educator’s multi tasked life, time for yourself should be a must in order for you to relate to the variety of people that cross your paths daily. Remove the stressful thoughts for time just for yourself daily. You’re asking, with my kids, the dog and my husband, how? Make time. Schedule an appointment with yourself. Make a play date with your self. Post it on your phone, mark the calendar, whatever it takes. Reaping the benefits of the three R’s doesn’t have to be a day long activity; it can be as simple as the following five ideas.
Pleasure reading is defined as reading for your own enjoyment. Read that best selling novel, that how to plan an herb garden book, the magazine about your favorite TV stars, a new cookbook, spiritual literature or self help positive thinking resources.
Some confuse mediation with only being uhms with your legs tangled into a pretzel position. However meditation can be any time you concentrate on being calm. At home can pray, listen to calming music, paint, photograph the nature’s beauty, take a hot shower or soothing bath, practice aromatherapy or just breath deeply for a few minutes. Need to get away from the house? Make an appointment for a manicure/pedicure, massage, or new hairstyle and shopping. Schedule a babysitter and spend a romantic evening with your significant other or call a friend up for lunch/dinner and a movie. Hide and take a nap!
Daily fast paced lives can be challenging. Who has time to think of healthy living? Driving one child to a ball game, another to dance class, grading papers, walking the dog, fast food becomes an instant gratification for nightly dinners. Take time to prepare or buy that healthy snack to take along, search for an easy to take along or warm up for quick supper. Check out the website http://www.myrecipes.com/convenience/family-recipes/recipes-for-busy-moms-00420000004348/Scan for fast and healthy recipes for you and your family. Allow yourself at least 10 minutes a day to get some exercise outside of your daily as a family, a DVD workout, swimming in the family or town pool, and the family dog walk around the neighborhood.
Do you detox? Some people think why do I need to detoxify myself? Doesn’t my body do that by itself? The answer may be yes and no. With a busy life, sometimes our health can’t keep up with the pace. If you can yes to any of these questions, your body may need a detox. Do you catch every cold that comes around easily? Are you always tired? Do you have digestive problems? Do you feel sluggish and foggy in thought at times? It might be the perfect time to get rid of those toxins and start fresh with healthy living. As always the natural, healthy approach is the best and can be found at various juicing websites like http://juicerecipes.com. Here you can find different health benefits and recipes to try.
Unless you live with an educator or was a child of one, many do not understand how much you dedicate to you career. The life of a teacher doesn’t start at 8 o’clock am and end at 3 o’clock pm. Perhaps your family might feel they get less time than your students during the school year. Plan a day trip to a near by museum or zoo, practice a family favorite sport together, visit other relatives and friends to share the day with, volunteer to help at fundraisers, food pantries, or other charities, go on a picnic, or play games that everyone can participate in together. Play with your pets.
Make these suggestions new daily habits this summer and throughout the year to alleviate the stress in your lives for your body and mind to refuel for the new school year. Add your comments below and share how you relax, refuel and reflect during the summer months.