30 Things Teachers Should Really Be Doing On Their Days Off

Teachers Days Off

Hey, fellow teacher friend. We need to talk. Yeah, I know you’re in the middle of grading and lesson planning. That’s what I want to talk about. Teacher days off should be just that – days off. So put the work away and enjoy your last days of winter break! And then return to that list on President’s Day, spring break, and every weekend until the end of the school year. 

25 things teachers should do on their days off

  1. Sleep late. As late as you want. Without guilt.
  2. Drink hot coffee. Or iced coffee before the cubes melt.
  3. Cook your favorite meals. And then sit down and enjoy eating them.
  4. Go on a walk. Breathe the fresh air.
  5. Play with your pet. Did you know some cats love to play fetch? See if you can teach yours!
  6. Ask your own kids to tell you all about their latest interests. Invite them to teach you.
  7. Buy a plant. Nurture it. Yes, succulents count!
  8. Soak in a bubble bath. Let your fingers get pruney.
  9. Play a board game. Bust out old school Monopoly or Clue for a family game night!
  10. Have a Zoom meetup just for fun. Invite your college roommates, childhood friends, the colleagues you actually really do miss, and anyone else you want!
  11. Take a nap. Again, sleep for as long as you want without guilt!
  12. Organize your drawers and closets. Most of us feel clearer with less clutter.
  13. Fill your virtual closet at Teacher Style Box. Once you organize your closet, visit Teacher Style Box to built your dream wardrobe.
  14. Snuggle with your loved ones. That could be little humans, big humans, fluffy companions, or even wrapping yourself up in your coziest blanket.
  15. Catch up on chores. Because your life outside of school needs attention, too.
  16. Binge-watch an entire series. Schitt’s Creek? The Good Place? Gilmore Girls? The Mandalorian? So many options!
  17. Give yourself the spa treatment. Face mask, nails, the works.
  18. Clean out your pantry. And your fridge, too. Toss all that expired food.
  19. Go grocery shopping. Then look up some new recipes, make a list, and get some fresh food.
  20. Call your parents. Or siblings, grandparents, Great Aunt Sally, nephew or any other family member you haven’t talked to in a while.
  21. Teach yourself to knit. Or take up any other hobby you wished you had time to try. These are your days off! Watch some YouTube tutorials and get started.
  22. Start a self-care routine. Maybe that’s meal prepping for the week, drinking more water, practicing yoga, or meditating.
  23. Dance. Seriously, just turn on some tunes and move your body right in your living room.
  24. Read for fun. On the couch, in bed, under a tree, wherever you want.
  25. Reach out to Facebook friends. Ask them how they’re really doing. Go deeper than what they post. Actually connect.
  26. Take a day trip. Pack a lunch, listen to an audiobook or podcast, and get a change of scenery.
  27. Paint your walls. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do!
  28. Make a brunch charcuterie board. Include pancakes, french toast, or croissants with a variety of toppings.
  29. Make a list of all the things you want to do. Now that you’re enjoying your days off, brainstorm what you’ll do.
  30. Veg on the couch. Just do nothing on the couch for as long as you want.

How many are you going to knock out on your days off this week? What would you add? Let us know in the Empowered Teachers Facebook community!


30 Things Teachers Should Really Be Doing On Their Days Off

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Rachael Moshman
Rachael Moshman, M.Ed., an editor at Bored Teachers, is a mom, educator, writer, and advocate for self-confidence. She's been a teacher in classrooms of infants through adult college students. She loves pizza, Netflix and yoga. Connect with her at [email protected]
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