While it may seem counterintuitive, occasionally positive distractions can be the best thing for stressed out teachers. When feeling overbooked or experiencing burnout, it’s important to have something to look forward to. Date night with the spouse, catching up on a favorite show or even just spending some quality time with family are all extremely motivating factors that can get teachers throughout the day. For some teachers, an open schedule isn’t enough to keep them from worrying about their students or their family responsibilities during off-hours. For those teachers, keeping busy is of utmost importance. This is an opportunity to integrate a few positive activities into your daily routine. A short walk in beautiful weather, journaling time, or a half-hour spent learning something new can be a perfect break, even if you’re active during that time. You might be surprised how a little diversion can help you feel refreshed and ready for the next task. These types of distractions are an integral part of the self-care experience for teachers. Hoping to learn more about the others? Be sure to spend some time reviewing the infographic accompanying this post for more information.

Teacher Self-Care 101

Check out Teacher Self-Care 101, provided by Curriculum Associates; an organization specializing in formative assessment strategies.