By: Jovana Cupac
With school holidays commencing it is important for teachers to take some time to ‘switch off’ and enjoy their well-deserved break. With the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in teachers going above and beyond the already strenuous demands of their workload, it can be hard to know when to switch off and even harder to know how to do so.
Several studies demonstrate why teachers need to take a break to restart and destress. For example, research shows that a two-week break during the middle of the year can help teachers to energise their emotion and psychological health (Teacher Magazine, 2016).
To prevent burnout, it is important for teachers to have regular time off to recover from the considerable demands of teaching. With the current circumstances we are facing in the world, teachers have been working so hard to ensure their students are still provided with the right resources to continue to grow and learn.
So how do we take a break and manage our priorities?
Teachers, your commitment, and dedication to your work is of undeniable value to our society. Enjoy your break and remember take this time to switch off, re-energise and simply enjoy being at home with yourself and loved ones.
Vukovic, R. (2016, December 1). Why it’s important to switch off from work. Teacher magazine. https://www.teachermagazine.com.au/articles/why-its-important-to-switch-off-from-work