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6 Ways for Educators to Relax and Rejuvenate over Winter Break

6 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 (and the rollercoaster ride of 2020) has finally come to a conclusion, and now, it’s time for a much-deserved (seriously, you have earned this 100 times over) break. While it can be hard to turn your brain off completely when school is out, as you’ve probably heard a thousand times this year, it’s important to take some time for yourself. Here are a few ways to help you relax and rejuvenate over this winter break, so that you can come back in January ready to take on the world!

Spoil yourself by reading 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—or tea, or beer, or iced coffee) and read a book that’s been sitting on your list for a while. Reach for 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 2020 from The New Yorker.

Catch up on your favorite show

Why does everyone suddenly love chess? Why has your mom started saying “bebe” instead of baby? Is baby Yoda still a thing? 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 2020 available on streaming platforms. (Or just watch The Office again, you do you!)

Video chat with loved ones

When was the last time you made a video call and didn’t have to immediately command everyone to mute their mics? Zoom-fatigue is real, and you may be excited to spend break as far away from a video camera as possible, but if a hectic work schedule and social distancing has kept your from keeping up with friends and family you typically see over the holidays, set up some fun meetings with your pals! Squeeze in some time with a friend for a virtual meet up for coffee, drinks, or even dinner, and catch up on what’s been happening with those you love. You can even play lunch-delivery roulette, where you order something for the other person from a local restaurant in their neighborhood, then talk though what you chose for them and why. 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.

Schedule “me time”

Take a day to completely devote to yourself over the break. Banish all distractions, and sleep in until noon, or go on that hike, or drive to that flea market an hour away, or play video games for four hours, or start that passion project you’ve been putting off since summer. Remember, you don’t have be productive or “doing something” to relax. If watching paint dry makes you happy, then do it. The important thing is that you feel recharged afterwards. 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!

Get outside

The old saying is true, a little fresh air WILL do you some good. The combination of winter, weather, and social distancing recommendations has made it so that it’s easier than ever to let the occasional day (or days) slip by without leaving the house. If you find yourself with a magic moment, where the sun is out, the weather is agreeable, and your shoes are close by, step outside for a quick walk around the block, a game catch or fetch, or even just to pour yourself a hot drink and sit out on the lawn. Simple as that.

Start planning for next year

If you are the type of person who finds planning and organizing relaxing, start looking ahead to the spring term, as a treat. 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 2021. And don’t forget to take a look at our Hybrid and Virtual Learning Success Kit! We collected our best tools and resources to help make sure you and your students will be successful with your virtual, hybrid or blended learning program. 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!

This post was originally published December 2018 and has been updated.'s picture
McKenna Wierman

McKenna Wierman studied Journalism at the University of Mississippi, and has worked with Edmentum since June 2016. She currently serves as a Digital Marketing Specialist, and believes that empowered teachers are the key to successful students.