And now relax….

Well done you have made it to the end of another term! We think that teachers are absolute stars but we know that your jobs come with their own fair share of stress. We have pulled together some of the best tips for you to start relaxing, so why not give them a go during this half term and hopefully you will return to the classroom refreshed and happy.
1) Have fun
Get out there and do something purely for enjoyment!
According to the mental health charity Mind making time for regular leisure activities can help you release tension. Whether you unwind by soaking in a hot bath, browsing through your favourite books, gardening or photography, the important point is to enjoy the activity, purely for itself.
Why not go to the library or start on that novel you have been meaning to read and then promise yourself an hour a day for these activities when school starts?
2) Be active
Banish the blues by getting a bit hot and sweaty.
The NHS recommends you get moving! Exercise won’t make your stress disappear, but it will reduce some of the emotional intensity that you’re feeling, clearing your thoughts and enabling you to deal with your problems more calmly.
Half term offers the perfect chance to dust of those trainers and get running outdoors or to join a gym and beat the new year rush!
A calm mind is a few breaths away.
For the pharmacy Boots Mindfullness is the key to relaxation but don’t worry it doesn’t mean hours of sitting in silence!  This is a bit of a buzz word at the moment. It’s quite closely linked with meditation. The idea is to be mindful of something and appreciate it in that present moment and block everything else out.
Practising mindfullness on the tube or getting to your classroom 5 minutes early are both easy ways to de-stress.
4) Music
Crank up the volume
Research cited by WebMD shows that listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety. They recommend creating a playlist of songs or nature sounds (the ocean, a bubbling brook, birds chirping), and allow your mind to focus on the different melodies, instruments, or singers in the piece.
You can make a playlist for travelling to and from work to really get you in the mood, regardless of how you travel.
5) Say Thank You.
Gratitude can bring you joy
Reading Horizons has some tips for teachers specifically over the holidays. They suggest that you take the time to say those two simple words: “Thank you.” For all the occasions a colleague helped you out you should be actually properly thanking those people for their kindness. It can be as simple as sending a card or a note, but it’s still important.
If you’re feeling particularly grateful, maybe even take the time to send a thank you note to that coworker you don’t always get along with so well.