Teaching · Wellbeing

Tired? Exhausted? I hear you.

ID-10089545As 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?

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