A new study from the UK concluded "it's critical for teachers to stop working in the holidays to avoid burnout and exhaustion." The study found the majority of teachers surveyed who continued to worry about their work over the holidays were far less likely to recover from the demands of the previous term. Those who were able to shut off over the holiday break were able to refuel their basic psychological needs and improve their overall mental health. The study proves that even a few days off allows people to reap tremendous benefits. It seems highly likely that these findings translate across the board from teachers to all working professionals. Scroll through for some tips on how to restore your balance over break.
- Reach for a game, not your laptop. Try turning off your e-mail (and WiFi) for the break. Instead, reach for a board game to enjoy with your family or friends. Taking time away from screens is imperative for a reboot.
- Get physical. Take time this holiday to exercise. Try walking outside, playing games, or hitting the gym. Get your blood flowing and do activities that take your mind away from work.
- Take time for yourself. The holidays are all about togetherness and reconnecting with loved ones. However, you need to take some time just for yourself.
For more scientifically proven ways to unplug and get your mojo back, visit The Guardian.
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