Are you so used to feeling stressed that you’re struggling to unwind and enjoy the summer holidays? Or perhaps you’re worried about your workload come September and are spending the break lesson planning and trying to prepare for the term ahead? Here are some reasons why you need to make time to de-stress, and some ideas for how you might go about it.
Why is relaxation important?
It is important to remember that taking time to relax is not being lazy. It’s a crucial part of maintaining your personal health and wellbeing. We all know that we should eat well and take regular exercise, and we don’t feel guilty if we make time in our schedule to do those things. We should therefore treat relaxing in the same way. The teaching profession is one which is fraught with pressure and stress, so we must make time during the holidays to unwind and recharge if we want to do a good job when term starts again.
Taking time to de-stress improves mental health, releases muscle tension (which often we are not even aware of until we start to experience chronic pain, which in turn can cause long-term problems). Relaxing has also been shown to lower blood pressure, improve digestion and other maintenance and repair processes in the body.
What can you try to de-stress?
There is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to this question, but there are a host of activities which have been shown to reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) levels in the body, and can help to promote the feeling of relaxation. They include (but are not limited to):
- Tai Chi
Choose something that you enjoy, that gives you a sense of satisfaction and that you feel best relaxes both your body and mind. We are all different, so some of the things on this list may actually stress you out more! Others may help you to feel relaxed – why not try some out and see how you get on if you’re not sure which will work for you?
But I have kids to look after, so can’t relax!
As a mother of a young child myself, I can entirely relate to this sentiment! Trying to sit and meditate while someone screams “Mummy, mummy, mummy, MUMMY” at you just doesn’t work! So you must plan your relaxation time accordingly. You could try getting up early before anyone else in the house is up, or waiting until everyone else is settled for the evening if your relaxation method is a solitary, quiet one. Or you could opt for something which you can actually get the little monsters involved with, too! After all, relaxing is an important life skill, and you’ll be helping to make sure that your children are better equipped to deal with the stresses of life if they understand how to relax, too. So, why not pick something from the list which you can do together?
Are you seeking work?
At Axcis, we are always on the lookout for caring people who want to work with children. Whether you’re a qualified teacher, a teaching assistant, care worker or therapist, or simply someone who would be interested in getting into this sector, we’d love to hear from you. Why not take a look at our website or register your details with us to find out more?