5 Unusual Ways to De-Stress Teachers Should Try

There are times when you find teaching to be a thankless job. Everyday routine and stressors can take a toll on your physical and mental health. This is why it is important for all teachers to de-stress, unwind and recharge every now and then.

Although there are tons of all-too-common stress busters, you might want to try some unusual stress-relieving ideas. Below we list some uncommon activities that can help you think from a fresher perspective.

Stay still, play deadDe-Stress Teachers

An odd way of battling stressors is to just lie down on your back and staying still for several minutes. Keep your hands, legs, and body as motionless as possible. Breathe in through your nose and exhale through your mouth. The “Corpse pose” or Shavasana in yoga is a great way to keep your mind and spirit at peace. While in a position of utter surrender, you allow yourself to just be. Let your mind be free and be aware of your entire body. This might get you look silly but it’s an effective de-stressor.

Try beer bath

Instead of getting drunk on beer, why not take a beer bath? Soaking in a bathtub of beer can be a great way to relax. Beer contains chemicals called phytoestrogens, which are known to have stress-relieving benefits. The fragrance of beer is also thought to help calm your mind. Of course, warm bath itself can have an amazing de-stressing power. Just don’t get tempted to drink all the beer!

Drive and get lost

We, teachers, spend our entire day following routines, staying orderly and structured. While being organized is a must for teachers, it can also be a source of stress. It’s good to break away from daily routine and just try something out of the ordinary. A great way to do this is by getting lost.

Hop into an off-road truck equipped with powerful LED lighting as reviewed in http://lightbarreport.com/, and start driving from dawn till dusk. Drive to somewhere you’ve never been to and explore the ‘unseen’ part of the world! New experiences and sights break away the monotony in your life. Plus, the feeling of being lost can pump up your adrenaline, something you need to fight anxiety.

Play lunchtime game

How many times have you scolded students caught playing games at class? Well, you they might just be trying to teach you a lesson. Sneaking a game of Tetris (or any game for that matter) is a great way to calm yourself. Playing childhood classic for several minutes distracts your brain’s conceptual thinking thereby allowing you to de-stress. When you focus on a game, you get to forget your problems and just try to act like a carefree child.

Get dirty

Find an open field, get your shoes off, and start rolling over the grass. On a rainy day, find a muddy puddle and start thumping on it like a child. This should help you forget the rigors of our profession. As teachers, we are expected to be always on top of our game, to be organized and structured, to be orderly. By getting dirty, you can reconnect with the simple pleasures of the world and realize that life is not all about your profession.

Lastly, de-stressing is all about immersing into any activity that makes you feel free and distracts you from the pressures of life. Find time to do whatever your heart wants. Don’t worry about what others might think. Just do as you please!

Longboarding for Fun

Longboarding for FunLongboarding and surfing are brother (or sister) sports. Yes, one is done on waves that wash onto beautiful beaches and the other is done on asphalt roads that end at an intersection but hear me out. People that surf are forever travelling to find that perfect wave. They drive from beach to beach and the really committed surfer, on his search will go from country to country. Similarly, the longboarder is looking for that perfect slope with a little or no traffic. That can get you to other countries if you’re like ‘The Longboard Lady’ who, with a friend flew to Australia from Sweden and skated about 450kms along the Stuart Highway to Alice Springs!

If you check out blogs by longboarders, they say similar things to surfers about feeling the wind in their hair and the exhilaration of speeding down a hill at 100kph. It’s just the difference in elements they experience. Another difference is the equipment. A surfboard doesn’t have any moving parts and the only thing that can usually go wrong with a board is when a shark takes a bit out of it. A longboard has trucks, wheels, bearings and the board itself, all of which can be damaged or fail while riding. Falling base over apex on a bitumen road is a lot less forgiving than falling into the sea!

People I have seen longboarding spend a bit of time comparing makes of boards and checking out the latest in wheels and bearings as speed and reliability are the primary concerns. Most of them visit http://longboardmafia.com because that’s where all the most recent information about boards can be found. It makes sense.

Recently, there was a story and a YouTube video about a young guy that took his longboard down a big hill. It was ‘big’ in the sense that it was long rather than the gradient was steep. He reached a speed of 120kph which was pretty awesome. He nearly lost his balance a couple of times. Scary stuff! It was good to see that he was wearing protective gear like a helmet and gloves. You can also see videos of injuries like asphalt burns and rashes of riders taking death-defying tumbles after losing the board on a bend.

The relationship between skateboarders and longboarders is like that between longboard surfers and surfers on short boards. The equipment for each aspect of the sport is made for different purposes. Skateboarders can do tricks and have excellent manoeuvrability, just like a short board surfer. A longboard skater uses his board for downhill speed runs and a longboard surfer uses his board to catch the big waves. There is no animosity or looking down on the other format of the sport because riders are interchangeable. That is, a skater can skate long or short and a surfer can surf long or short.

A change that longboard skaters would like to see is the setting up of dedicated slopes and hills for them to ride down, just like there are skateboard parks.