Being an educator is definitely a high-stress job. We love what we do and so we give so much of ourselves to our students. Monday through Friday we are “on” from 8 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon, and most days we stay at work for many hours after the school day is done. We are marking, coaching, directing, meeting and just providing a safe, fun space for our students to thrive in. Sometimes school is the only good part about our kids’ days and so we want to be there because we care. We meet with students for extra help and editing sessions, we provide opportunities for them to do what they love through clubs, sports and the arts. We are there: mind, body, and spirit. We are committed. So committed in fact that our days and nights and weekends revolve around our jobs. That’s why it is important to take time for you when you can.
This weekend I went to a quaint winery in a small town near Niagara. I purchased a single glass of wine and sat outside on the muskoka chairs overlooking the beautiful landscape. I took time to clear my mind and focus on nothing but the breathtaking nature that surrounded me. I spoke to the Universe and thanked her for the beauty that she provides on a daily basis. I prayed to my God and offered alms for the countless blessings in my life. I reflected on the previous workweek and meditated on the upcoming week, asking for patience, understanding, and carefulness to radiate from me like the sun.
Whatever your form of relaxation is, do that. Take the time to do what you love because it will make you a better teacher. You can enter the new workweek with a fresh, open mind because you have taken the time to invest in yourself. With a busy job and life we sometimes forget to take time for teacher. We need to be presently counting our blessings and meditating on our past, present, and future to ensure we are the best version of ourselves for those kiddos who rely on us so much.