Now that it is coming to the end of the term, I am able to relax more when I am at home – the teachers are giving us in-class time to work on final assignments for this week. I have one big paper that I’ll start working on this weekend BUT I am mainly catching up on shows and starting a new mystery book 🙂 It’s very nice to have this time before I start work in August! It will be tougher to have free time, alone or with family and friends.
Due to my decision for the rest of this term, I have been able to relax and spend time with my sister and parents. It is really what the doctor ordered 🙂 It can be important to just get away and clear your head sometimes. I am enjoying my relaxation and need to remember that summer classes won’t be too difficult, to make sure I don’t stress myself out again. Fall term should be beneficial because I can pretend it is more my classroom since I’ll be teaching almost the whole term. Can’t believe I still have about a month, super excited!
I was starting to get stressed out about how tired I was, and breaking down this weekend. I really needed time to relax because this week was very busy with the job fair, bus trip, baby shower, and school. This term isn’t as stressful as last term, but it is just getting more difficult not to break down because of exhaustion – I go to bed very early (at about 10:30 or 11), so it isn’t from staying up too late. Teaching takes a lot of time and energy to stay excited for the students, so I am wiped when I come home. Today, I got my nails done with my roommate and we wandered around the mall a little bit. I didn’t even think about placement for about three hours. They were much needed and very rejuvenating 🙂 It is important to take time for yourself to just reflect, and not think about anything but what is happening right then. I am very glad that I had a spa day for a few hours today, and I need to relax more often on the weekends.
When I am stressed out, I always love putting on an entertaining show to tune out the day. If it is a good series, then my mind is triggered to remember what happened previously and connect back with the characters. I know many people have dislikes towards watching television, but at the end of the day, it really helps me unwind and relax. Many of my shows are mysteries or dramas so there are important details to pay attention to in order to understand what is occurring. I will be excited to start new programs soon because many of mine had season finales. I think videos are beneficial in the classroom as well – children relate to cartoons and interesting songs with the content better than a simple lecture. There are many choices available and I plan to incorporate them once I start full-time teaching this term, as well as with my own classroom.Feel free to sit down and watch a show when you’re day at work is done. You will really benefit by allowing yourself to relax, and have something fun to do after hours of being on your feet. Teaching especially takes a large amount of brain power and energy, so I enjoy just soaking in a new plotline.
SOL day 14I turned in my final paper for this term today! It can be tough, after completing everything, to let it sink in. It was surreal this morning when I woke up because I am not going home for a few days, so my brain still thought I must have things to do. I occupied my time by cleaning the house, organizing things, etc. I felt antsy when I just sitting there watching shows. After my last meeting, it was easier for me to relax. It is important to not overload yourself when you are finally on break because your body and mind really need to re-energize. I let myself go to bed early last night and am planning to be in bed around a similar time tonight. Especially with my family, it can be easy to get swept up with going out and watching movies or shows til all hours of the night – I want to spend as much time as I can with them because I know the two weeks will be flying by. I look forward to starting my break and not overdoing it until I get used to staying up late again (probably a few nights off and then I can handle it!) My parents, pets, and possibly sister await in one more day 🙂