Back To School De-Stress

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Alright, you’ve survived the first week back. Congrats! Now you just have to keep that momentum going. Chances are you’re already starting to feel stress creeping in; whether it’s that pile of papers on your desk, meeting with your admin, or some parents already bugging you with countless demands: you need to nip it in bud.

It’s true that the beginning of September seems early, but learning to manage your stress now will help you in the long run. While looking for new ways to manage stress for myself, I happened upon this great teacher blog:, What I Have Learned. Jessica, the blog moderator, offers tons of great information, but one thing that caught my eye was a blog she had posted over a year ago entitled September Destress for Teachers. In it, she issues a 30 day challenge to de-stress yourself, specifically in September. Exactly what I was looking for.

The blog post really resonated with me because Jessica describes — and is clearly aware of — how crazy the fall months can be, as well as her desire to keep her “summer vibes” around as long as possible. She also cites de-stressing as building a new habit for herself. That was a mind opening proposal for me: make relaxation a habit. Seriously, easier said than done. But I like a challenge, so I created my own list. Here is my September De-Stress List along with Jessica’s original:

  • go for a walk
  • meditate
  • draw or paint a picture
  • take a dance lesson
  • cook yourself or a loved one a gourmet meal
  • get a new hair style
  • drink a bottle of wine (I know that’s on her list, but seriously, you deserve it)
  • go to a museum
  • spend the night in a hotel room
  • Netflix
  • write a poem
  • go to a local theater for a play or musical
  • take a nap
  • get a manicure/pedicure
  • volunteer at a shelter

Take the challenge and create your own de-stress list. Trust me, you’re worth it.

  • Kiri, staff writer

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