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Tap Into Winter Break Bliss

by | Dec 19, 2023 | News | 0 comments

As we approach the winter break and the end of the fall term, it’s important to recognize the immense effort you’ve put into your students, classrooms, and campuses. As former and current educators, the Thriving YOUniversity Team truly understands the relentless pace of the school year and the need for educators to recharge and reflect. We hope this post will serve as a gentle reminder to slow down and give yourself the gift of time to relax, rejuvenate, and practice mindfulness amid the chaos of the holidays.

Pause, Breathe, Reflect:

With all the demands you face as an educator, the fall term may have left you feeling drained. Now is the perfect time to hit the pause button, take a deep breath, and reflect on your journey so far. We encourage you to celebrate your victories, acknowledge challenges, and embrace the growth that comes with both.

It can be easy to dwell on all the challenges you have faced this fall, but we encourage you to take a few quiet moments to reflect on the things that have gone well this fall. Jot down your wins– big or small– and the people and moments you are grateful for. 

Here are some end-of-year reflection questions you can use to start your reflection.

Mindful Moments in the Midst of Chaos:

The holiday season can be a whirlwind of activities, commitments, and festivities. Amid the chaos, make a conscious effort to carve out moments of mindfulness. Whether it’s a few minutes of deep breathing, a leisurely walk in nature, or enjoying a warm cup of tea, these small acts can profoundly impact your well-being. 

We are huge supporters of finding ways to integrate mindfulness practices into your daily routine, thus helping you find moments of tranquility even in the busiest times.

Check out this list of 21 one-minute mindfulness exercises.

Nourishing Your Inner Self:

Winter break is the opportune time to prioritize self-care. We believe that caring for yourself is not a luxury but a necessity. Engage in activities that bring you joy, whether it’s reading a book, spending time with loved ones, or exploring a new hobby. By nurturing your inner self, you’ll return to campus re-energized and ready to inspire. 

Need a little inspiration and guidance? Download our free self-care challenge.

Setting Intentions for the New Year:

As the year draws to a close, consider setting intentions for the upcoming months. What are your professional and personal goals? We encourage you to visualize the positive impact you want to make and the growth you aim to achieve. Writing these goals down can instill a sense of purpose and motivation.

Our favorite way to set goals is to use the WOOP goal-setting method.

As you head into winter break, remember that taking care of yourself is essential to providing the best education for your students. May this break be a time of rest, relaxation, and self-care, setting the stage for a thriving new year in your professional and personal endeavors.

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