Today’s tip is about de-stressing. Decompressing. Rejuvenating.
Teaching is a passion and, as some people say, a calling. I absolutely agree with both. But right now, as summer vacation blooms ahead of us, I need to let the day to day rigor of being in the classroom ebb away so I can recharge.
Recharging is crucial for my sanity. I bet it’s crucial to yours, too.
I write. I do crafts. I tackle home improvement projects on my century old house. And, yes, I even think about lesson plans. A lot, actually. I’m going to a few conferences and workshops, even. I want to hone my practice, but in order to be able to do that, I need to be able to relax and…think.
One thing that means for me is BINGE TV WATCHING!
Sometimes there is comfort TV, much like a pot roast on a cold winter day. All the shows I didn’t have time to watch during the school year are now mine for the taking. Some of the shows my daughter, and sometimes my husband, and I will be watching are:
The Good Wife
But there’s a need for new stuff, too.
The Killing, season 2.
A Place to Call Home. This one we’re going to start this Australian series this week.
Bloodline. New episodes!
Suits. New episodes!
This is one way I decompress and destress during the summer, and as a result I’m able to recharge and get back to thinking about teaching. As a mystery writer, these shows fuel my imagination, too, which is always a good thing. I can brainstorm, write, create new lessons (Zombie Apocalypse, anyone? This is definitely going into next year’s curriculum!), and simply rejuvenate myself. 99% of all illness is connected to stress; those are illnesses I aim to repel with binge TV, er, targeted decompression.
Reflection time. How do you decompress?