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5 Ways for Educators to Relax and Rejuvenate over Winter Break

5 Ways for Educators to Relax and Rejuvenate over Winter Break

Educators, you’ve made it! All of the hard work you’ve put into the first half of the school year has finally come to a conclusion, and now, it’s time for a much-deserved break. While it can be hard to turn your brain off completely when school is out, it’s important to take some time for yourself. Here are a few ways to help you relax and rejuvenate over this winter break.

  1. Read for fun

You likely haven’t had much time to read for fun this fall. Take some time to cozy up over winter break with a mug of hot cocoa (or a glass of wine—we won’t judge you) and read a book that’s been sitting on your list for a while. Be sure to pick something that you’ll be able to finish over break—there’s nothing worse than starting a book and not finishing it. Looking for some good book recommendations? Check out this list of the best books of 2018.

  1. Catch up on your favorite show

If you haven’t had much time to read, you probably haven’t had time to catch up on that show your colleagues (or students) have been recommending all year. Whether you’re into deep documentaries or bingeworthy reality shows, there’s definitely something for everyone available on the many popular streaming services. Take advantage of the cold winter weather and settle in for an evening of watching something that sparks your interest, either alone or with others. Wanting to check out a new show? Here’s a list of some of the best scripted shows from 2018 available on streaming platforms.

  1. Spend time with family and friends

Chances are that you’re not the only one with some time off during the holiday season. Squeeze in some time with a friend to meet up for coffee, drinks, or even dinner, and catch up on what’s been happening with those you love. Nothing beats spending some quality time with friends or family, and it’s a great opportunity to recharge and receive some much-needed social time. Take advantage of this precious time with others before the school year ramps up again!

  1. Schedule “me time”

Take a day to completely devote to yourself over the break. Turn off all distractions, and finally get that massage, take that yoga class, or start that passion project you’ve been putting off since summer. Scheduling some much-needed “me time” will help your soul rejuvenate for the second half of the school year and the new year. Taking time for yourself not only benefits you, but it can also positively benefit your students, family, and friends!

  1. Start planning for next year

If you feel too excited about the upcoming semester to turn your brain off completely, start looking ahead to the spring term. Develop a new lesson, research that new classroom activity everyone’s talking about, or complete some professional development to help strengthen your craft as an educator. Take time to set goals and resolutions for yourself in 2019. The kickoff of the new semester will be much sweeter if you’re prepared and armed with new ideas to try in your classroom.

At Edmentum, we know how hard you work every day to make each semester a success. We want to thank you for your devotion to education and your students—it is something that truly inspires us every single day.

To celebrate all your hard work, we’re hosting a Holiday Giveaway this month. Enter by December 31 for your chance to win a $500 Target gift card. Happy holidays, educators! We hope you enjoy your winter break!'s picture

Brita started with Edmentum in March 2018 and currently serves as a Marketing Associate. She is passionate about providing teachers resources to help their students achieve in and out of the classroom. Brita earned a B.S. in Marketing from North Dakota State University. 

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