As a teacher, and like many teachers I know, I find that I am often feeling exhausted. (Image: imagerymajestic / FreeDigitalPhotos.Net)
The first chapter of Gretchen Rubin’s ‘The Happiness Project’, suggests the following:
- Go to sleep earlier (ensure that you get the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night)
- Exercise (go for a walk, there are also great (free) apps that you can download e.g. The 7 minute workout)
- Organise the clutter in your house
- Tackle the nagging tasks that you always leave to do later
- Act more energetic
Click here for more tips from Gretchen Rubin.
Things that also help me:
- Listen to your favourite upbeat song while you’re getting ready and/or on your way to/from work
- Stop complaining about how tired you are – it only brings yourself and others down.
- Ensure you allow time in your day to relax and shut off from work – it might be an hour before you go to bed to watch a TV show or getting up an hour earlier to go for a walk or read the paper.
- Take time out to read for pleasure.
- If you have lunch to prepare, prepare it the night before.
- Laugh out loud.
- Be realistic and break tasks down into smaller jobs
- Remember that it is okay to ask for help
- Remember that not everything has to be perfect
- Be nice to everyone around you
- Make time to talk to positive family members or friends
- Find something nice in every student in your class.
- Think about the happiest moment in your day, every day.
- Make peace with the fact that a teacher’s work is NEVER done.
Gretchen Rubin also talks about energizers and de-energizers in her blog. Click here to read about energizers and de-energizers and take the test!
Do you have any tips or tricks that help you when you’re tired and feeling run down?