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7 Ways to Stay Sane This School Year

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One of the main benefits of teaching is our summer! When people say “oh you’re so lucky you’re a teacher – you have the WHOLE summer off!” Ummmmm sure! We get summers because, we as teachers, desperately need this time to recharge!
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As you start to gear up for the school year ahead,  I hope you remember the easy-breezy feeling of summer!
I’m sharing a few ideas that help me stay sane during the school year!

Excercise!

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Get up and move! You don’t need to be a marathon runner or a Zumba junkie to get the benefits of exercise.  As I’ve mentioned, I’m a morning person, so I hit the gym before I head to school.  Somedays I Spin, take a barre class or even just walk on the treadmill to catch up with a friend. I love having my workout done, so that when the bell rings, I can head home and take a nap 🙂

But do what works for you – a walk after school with a coworker, a class in the evening – whatever! Just get up and move! You’ll have more energy and feel so much better {as you take down that bag of Doritos – oh wait, is that just me?}

Drink!

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I’ve read many articles stating the benefits of enjoying a glass of wine now and again! At the end of a long day, it’s okay to relax with an adult beverage 🙂 My favorite are these adult juice boxes from Sofia Coppola!

Leave Your Classroom!

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We could spend 8 hours after school in our classrooms {and still have piles of stuff to take home or waiting for us tomorrow!} A few months ago, I shared 5 Mistakes I Made My First Year. One of my biggest mistakes is that I didn’t leave my classroom before the evening news!

Do yourself a favor – LEAVE YOUR CLASSROOM. Decide on a time that you’re comfortable leaving – a time that you can get a little work done, but also a time that is still light outside and you can have a life outside those four walls of your classroom!

Go Out With Friends!

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Never underestimate the power of friends!  They can pull you out of a funk, make you laugh till you want to pee your pants, or be a sounding board when you just need to vent about a hard day, a frustrating moment with your partner or naughty student! Bonus: you can often have an adult beverage AND hangout with friends! Win/Win!

Read a Book!

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The best way for me to escape a less-than-perfect day is to engross myself in someone else’s life – with a book! I absolutely love to read and I make it a priority. I read most nights before bed, and often when I’m working out {a two-fer from the list of ways to stay sane!}

Check out my list of suggested reading!

Buy Stuff on TpT!

Do you ever wonder how you lesson planned without Teachers Pay Teachers? When I started 13 years ago, I did not have all of this knowledge at my fingertips! It’s amazing what is out there! Do yourself a favor – don’t reinvent the wheel! Just head on over and type in whatever you’re looking for – you are guaranteed to discover an amazing resource to make your life easier {and maybe even a few you didn’t even realize you needed}!

Meal Plan!

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it ten times – I am not a fan of cooking! So, to take the sting out of it a bit, I try to plan ahead as much as I can! At the beginning of each week, I whip out my Meal Planner to write down what we’ll eat for the week.

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Need a few suggestions for dinner? Check out 5 Quick & Easy Dinners! Looking to mix up your {boring} lunch routine? Check out these Easy & Delicious Teacher Lunches!

How do you stay sane? I’d love to hear it!

Slainte!

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