Why We Need To Have a Break

November 24, 2014
Whew...I have been putting in 60+ hour weeks, so this Thanksgiving break that I'm on now is one that I had been counting down the days to have.  



Why We Need To Have a Break

* We need time to recuperate.  The first two days of my break were spent nursing myself back to health.  I had a horrible case of the flu that actually started last Wednesday and got progressively worse.  (The students got me sick...inevitable, right?)  I felt too guilty to ask for a sub on Friday because my Chinese teacher was already out, but I pushed myself too much and I think it took a toll on me and made me worse.  I'm also talking about recuperating mentally, though.  Jobs can be stressful, so to wake up not having a care in the world is a welcome reprieve.

* We need chances to see our loved ones.  So many of us don't live that close to all of our relatives, so extended breaks sure give us opportunities to make some trips or to host some guests.  I'll be spending most of my Thanksgiving break in New Bern with my sister.  I want to get in some time with her before my niece Sophia is born and things get harder to plan.

* It's an opportunity to get stuff done.  Since a lot of us work first shift Monday-Friday, it's hard to do things like go to the bank or post office when they are open.  It's also hard to schedule dentist's and doctor's appointments without having to miss a day of work.  Something that I've had to put off is going to the Georgia Department of Driver's Services.  I stupidly lost my Georgia driver's license, and since Georgia DDS has limited hours of operation, I haven't had a chance to go.  Thank goodness I can get that taken care of tomorrow!

* It give us a chance to get ahead of the game.  This one ties in with the last one, but this break not only can I get stuff I've been putting off done, but I also plan on doing stuff that will help me out in the future.  Do I plan on stocking up on a ton of groceries?  Yep.  What about pre-writing my lessons for next week and possibly the week after that?  Yes, again.  Even though I don't really want to spend my break doing things that feel like work, I know that it will help me out in the long run.  Do I plan on starting my Christmas shopping during this break?  You betcha. (Okay, so maybe I'm not really "ahead of the game" on that one...)  

* Extra time for leisure=always a plus!  Do you see how I'm actually writing a blog post today?  Exactly. It's always great to have some extra time to partake in our hobbies.  I also picked up a Game of Thrones yesterday and started reading it again for the first time in a long time.  (Yes, I've been reading that book since July with some other books in between.)

* What better time to cross some things off of your bucket list than on an extended break?  I know that I plan on doing something that's on my Savannah Bucket List, which is to go to Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room for some special Southern cooking!  I've been dying to go, but it's only open from 11-2 Monday-Friday.  My date Ev has also never gone, which is pretty nuts considering he grew up in a city just outside of Savannah and he has lived here for the majority of his life.  

* A longer break offers time for reflection.  During the week I feel so rushed and am too busy to stop and think.  This break I'm going to consider ideas like, "What could make my classroom better?" "How can I start traveling again?"  "Do I like my school enough to re-sign a contract for next year or should I think of some other options?"  

* Finally, there is more time so that we can pamper/treat ourselves!  I can put my feet up and give myself a mani pedi while binge-watching Season 3 of New Girl on Netflix and not feel bad about it because I have papers to grade.  (Yes, I have to grade 1st grade writing with a pretty extensive rubric...) 

What do you think is the best thing about having a break?
33 comments on "Why We Need To Have a Break"
  1. I run a home daycare and I take care of school teacher kids, so I get the school holidays off. This gives me a MUCH needed break from work and kids. Those few extra days help my mind greatly.

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  2. I have 6 days for college + homework plus extra classes so I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!

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  3. I took a digital break a few weekends ago and it felt good NOT to be obligate to reply to every message or tweet. I realized social media demands make me kind of anxious.

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  4. LOVE breaks!! I am all about having down time to get stuff around my house done and just not worry about social media all the time. :)

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  5. I wish I had more of breaks. Just Saturday night I had a big mental breakdown, things just got to much for me. With a huge load of schoolwork and finals around the corner, my husband working nights, therefore sleeping during the day and my daughter in need of entertainment. I wish I could make 20 clones of me. Oh have I mentioned household chores? *sigh*

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  6. I actually took a break last week because of *reasons*, so I can't relax as much this week. But I WILL be relaxing on Thursday!

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  7. This is awesome! Makes me wish I was still in school :) Hope you enjoy your break!

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  8. I am definitely looking forward to my mini break from work- 5 days is better than nothing!

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  9. These are all so true, I appreciate you taking time to remind us of the importance of rest.

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  10. It definitely feels like work to take care of all those life details over a break, but boy does it feel good when the break is over and you don't have that stuff hanging over your head anymore!

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  11. I agree, breaks are so so necessary for our sanity!

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  12. I'm so glad to have one this year! I used to be an assistant manager at a movie theater and Thanksgiving-Christmas was one of our busiest times.

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  13. Yes!! I can't wait to cross "Do next week's lessons" off my list and then not think about it for the rest of the break!

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  14. This year I'm spoiled with 9 days, but I definitely feel like they were earned because of all of my own time I put into creating lesson plans! Enjoy your break and have a Happy Thanksgiving! :)

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  15. I bet that they do!! Have a restful holiday! :)

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  16. Good thing that you have a break coming up, then!!

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  17. No problem, and I hope that you are able to get a bit of rest during the break!

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  18. Sounds like a good plan! All work and no time for relaxing is not the way to go!

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  19. Oh man, that sounds rough. I hope that things get better for you!

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  20. I'm not even that active on Twitter or Facebook, but when I was, it seemed like it never ended!

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  21. Yes, sometimes it's just nice to unplug!

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  22. Being able to re-charge. My favorite kind of breaks are when I get lots of time to myself to just do NOTHING. I'm a crazy person without it.

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  23. Agreed with everything on this list. When I get a break I like to use it as a time to really shut off my brain and relax - stupid TV ahoy! Even if it's only for a few hours.

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  24. Totally agree with you!!

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  25. Take a break!!! You more than deserve it. Love you!

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  26. You so deserve a break! I use to be always on the go nonstop but since moving to Iceland I have fully embraced the more laid back attitude towards life they have here. I love the work and life balance and the time they give you off for rest, so appreciate it! Enjoy your holiday break!

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  27. I need a break! I think breaks are so important for everyone's sanity!

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  28. I definitely need a break. It's definitely great so you can start fresh again.

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  29. Sometimes it's nice not to feel overbooked, and it's freeing not to have any obligations!

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  30. Netflix really helps me unwind...Sometimes a little too much, lol.

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  31. Hahaha...one of the observers in my classroom told me the exact same thing! :)

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  32. Iceland sounds like they have it right!! I am REALLY enjoying my break so far.

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