There is this horrible misconception that teachers and mothers always need to put other people’s needs before themselves. However, this dangerous misconception can lead to teacher burnout. We care about our students and our children so much, so of course we want to do everything we can for them. However, while there is a time and a place for putting other’s needs first, we also need to be sure that we are taking time for ourselves. When we don’t take care of ourselves, this is when burnout happens.
Taking a Bath
Reading a Book
While I don’t make time for this as often as I’d like to, I just LOVE reading a good book! It is a great way to escape my problems for a while and find myself in another world. However, when I don’t have time for a paper book, I am more likely to find time for an audiobook…
Listening to Audiobooks
If you would like to give audiobooks a try, I highly recommend Audible! My husband and I have been using it for years now. Each month, you can get credits towards a book (or books, depending on your plan) and you can keep all of your books in your Audible library. Audible is an Amazon.com company, so it is very reputable and trustworthy and I have found them to have great customer service. They have let us return titles we did not want to keep after listening to them, because of their “Great Listen Guarantee.” But the best part is, you can get two free audiobooks just by sigining up for a free trial, and you can cancel at any time! There is literally no reason NOT to try it, and even if you decide it isn’t for you, you get to keep the 2 free titles in your library. Click Here to Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks!
Listening to Music
I love listening to music to put me in a better mood. When I’m feeling down, I can turn on a favorite song and it lifts my spirits. It’s fun to find new songs and artists to listen to as well! I love discovering new artists using Prime Music. If I love something enough, I’ll buy it, but you can stream music anytime with a Prime membership! You can get a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime which includes Prime music! Click here for your free 30 day trial! My local library also has a program called Freegal, which gives each member 5 free song downloads each week (and it’s totally legal, since it is funded by the library). Check if your local library offers this program!
I use Mixbook to create my photo albums. What I love about Mixbook is that the editor is SO easy to use! They have pre-made templates and themes that you can use for your books! I often start with a pre-made template and customize it to my liking. There are tons of graphics, stickers, and fonts that you can use in your album without having to download anything to your computer. It is MUCH easier to use than other similar websites I have tried, such as Shutterfly.
I am always so pleased with how they turned out. I just love them! I’m currently working on my 2014-2015 album (hoping to get more done before our baby comes this August!) The best part about using Mixbook is that you don’t pay a dime to use the service until you actually order your book! So you can play around with it as much as you’d like to see if it’s for you! Additionally, they regularly run 50% off sales so I ALWAYS wait until a sale to order my books. Click here to check out Mixbook!
Watching TV Series
My husband and I love to binge watch shows on Netflix and Comcast On Demand! Some of our all-time favorites are The Blacklist, Parks and Recreation, How I Met Your Mother (except the ending!), Arrested Development, Superstore, and Psych.
I am a religious person, so when I am getting very stressed out I can pray or read my scriptures and feel peace and know that everything is going to work out. I don’t do this as often as I feel I should, but when I do it does help me! If you’re a religious or spiritual person, this can help you through the burn out as well!
What do YOU like to do with your “You Time?”
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