Hope you’re finding your footing as you navigate your new schedule and life outside of the classroom. It always takes me a few weeks to get in a groove, and even after all these years it’s difficult for me to just relax sometimes. So if that sounds like you, know that you’re not alone!
One thing that I do try to prioritize that gives me “an excuse” to relax (not that we need one) is summer reading, but my list of books to read always outweighs the time I have to read. So for the month of July, I’m going to highlight a book each week. You may not have enough time to read it (or you may have some other super great books on your own list), so I’m going to try to provide you with how these books could help with Teaching Well’s mission of increasing wellbeing and decreasing stress and burnout both inside and outside the classroom.
Each of these books is one of the recommended books in The Path of the Mindful Teacher (which is due to be published in mid-July!), so you can bet it’s a book that has been integral in increasing my own health and wellbeing and I want to save you some time. Oh, and I’d love to hear what’s on YOUR summer reading list. I’m always looking for good recommendations. Feel free to hit REPLY and let me know what you’re planning on reading this summer.
Speaking of summer, in the past week we’re officially in the final “season” of our school year. You can check out this post about the “seasonality of teaching” and see if it resonates with you. In this proposed seasonality cycle, June, July and August represent the time for recharging.
As Melody Beattie points out in the opening quote, our energy isn’t something we just have…it’s something that we are. We MUST recharge our batteries or we will be depleted and run down. Perhaps more than ever after this school year, the importance of recharging has never been so great.
So how are you GOING TO recharge this summer? Part of my plan is to put an app blocker on my phone to break the habit of habitual social media and email checking. While also committing to my summer reading list!
I’d love to hear from you about your recharging plans. Let’s try to hold each other accountable to recharge so that we don’t remain run down. Simple, short, and sweet recharging practices like a short nap, decreased screen time, or doing absolutely nothing for a few moments can completely shift the trajectory of your summer.
So I wish you well in the season of recharging, whatever that looks like to you in your life!
P.S. If you’re looking for some extra support with recharging or want to really get serious about your own health and wellbeing the summer is a GREAT time to start. Schedule a complimentary clarity call to see if Teacher Wellness Coaching is the right fit for you.