1)Adjust your sleeping hours– School time hours are back. You’re getting up at 5:30 and going to sleep at 11. For the first couple of weeks that’s normal for a teacher. Gradually, start laying down earlier and earlier. I love to lay down and start reading on my Kindle. It doesn’t take long for me to dooze off after that.
2)Eat or drink your breakfast- We’ve been hearing for years that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Actual breakfast. Not coffee. I always add it to my breakfast mix. You are at a higher risk to have morning crankiness if you’re not chomping or drinking in the a.m. Breakfast gives me energy and gives me a metabolism boost.
3)Find good snacks- By 9:00 (a.m.) it is about time for a quick good snack. A good snack is low sugar and salt. Our two love hate enemies. When you eat high sugar snacks, you experience a sugar high for a couple hours. By the end of the day you are beat. Stash these energy boosting snacks in your desks. Try greek yogurt, seeds and bananas to survive a day of educating our students.
4)Exhale, pray and meditate-Using a combination of practices to calm your soul is essential. I choose to exhale, pray and meditate. I am striving to grow in these areas. I have to make a conscious effort. Waking up at 5:30 now helps me to create a daily prayer and meditation schedule. Matt Valentine gives steps on making meditation a daily habit on Buddhaimonia.com Change starts with action.
5)Exercise-We all know about the benefits of exercise. Going back to taking the right action to start a routine is the key. Let’s build stamina for energetic teaching educators.