Teaching to the TOP

003. Teacher Evening Routines to Destress

January 16, 2020

If you’ve listened to episode #002 then you’ve learned our 5 ways to help build an effective morning routine, and while having a morning routine is critical to jumpstart your day on the ‘right foot’, having an evening routine to decompress from the day’s activities and all around *craziness* can be, arguably, more important.  

In today’s episode, we are sharing our evening routines and the differences and commonalities between them both. 

Now here is our disclaimer, THIS WILL LOOK DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE. 

We are not all built the same way, have the same needs, lifestyles, habits or family and we need to be mindful of this. We also need to STOP guilting teachers for how they are choosing to spend their evenings. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve been shamed for not spending enough time with our husbands or kids. That is not okay. 

What’s important is how we reflect and consider all the factors happening around us in order to ensure that we are taking time for ourselves, however that may look. So while we give you an idea of what our evenings look like from the time our students leave us to the point we are in bed, remember to consider your lifestyle and what YOU need. 

[4:19] BRIDGET’S EVENING ROUTINE

[14:22] MICHELLE’S EVENING ROUTINE

[22:38] After we shared our very different evening routines, we found some strong commonalities; so let’s take some time to discuss those commonalities and see if you have those built into your own evening routine. If you don’t, you may want to consider how to incorporate them in the future. 

[23:22] First, we noticed that neither of us take anything home.

[23:44] Second, we clear our tables for the next day.

[24:30] Do something for YOU!

CONCLUSION

The most important thing to remember when you are leaving for the day and trying to destress is that you have to be focused and present during the day in order to make this work. This means staying away from the teacher’s lounge or office. Decreasing the hallway chats or the periodic scrolls through instagram. 

You have to get focused and be intentional with your day so that you have the opportunity to truly destress and focus more on you at the end of the day. 

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