Have you got the back to school blues?
The start of the first autumn term can be simultaneously exciting and nerve-wracking, so we’ve got some top tips to help you through.
Being off work for a prolonged period of time can significantly disrupt your routine, eating and sleeping habits. This means it can be tricky to get back into the swing of things once September begins in earnest, and you again find yourself the centre of attention (hopefully) in the classroom.
Here are some handy hints to help you return to the rhythm of being an educator.
- Ease yourself back into a routine
If you’ve been enjoying the lie-ins, the late nights and the afternoon naps in between, then it’s high time you reset your body clock in readiness for your return to work. Start by getting up earlier each day; go to bed earlier and, most importantly, drop the afternoon naps. In no time at all, you’ll feel more refreshed and energised, and you’ll certainly appreciate it on your first full week back… I promise!
- Don’t over-think it
Whilst the thought of being back at work can, at first, feel overwhelming, remember why you’re there; you are making a positive, transformative difference to the education and life chances of young people. Take pride in that fact, and let it empower you to hit the ground running with the fantastic work you – and 1000s up and down the country like you – do every day in UK schools.
- Enjoy the rest of your time-off
Whether that means lazy days spent at the behest of our gloriously unpredictable late-summer weather, days out with friends and family, long walks or just a Sunday seaside stroll… make the very most of it!
- Get organised
Think about your meal and clothes planning; trace your route to work and ensure there are no roadworks/closures either now or in the immediate pipeline that could disrupt or delay it. If you’re starting somewhere new, then travel that journey a few times in advance to familiarise yourself with your route. If you’re up bright and early, why not be really adventurous and have a dry-run in the traffic and time your journey… you really don’t want to be late on your first day. After all, those first impressions count for so much!
Lastly, if you are starting somewhere new, we know it can be a mixed bag of emotions that you’re experiencing right now… excitement, apprehension, anxiety even! Remember, nerves are there to help us, and the adrenaline rush you’ll feel, will help carry you through and set you on the course for success!
However, if you’re really unsure about going back…. and it’s not just the nerves, then it might be time for a change! Call me today on 0300 303 4414 for a friendly, informal chat about your options! Moxi Recruitment is always here to help and support you. Plus, we’ve always got job opportunities, training and CPD to suit your level of expertise and experience.