Summer is here and the heat dictates the quality of your vacation days. 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more, it’s time for a swim in the neighbors pool. Less than that, it’s cool in the morning, scorching by noon and slightly pleasant at night. Life without air conditioning is unimaginable.

What about being in a dry spell in your life? At the beginning of the school year you were a wellspring of knowledge and compassion for the little ones. Now it’s the end of the school year and your fountain has run dry. If you have to grade another paper, talk to another parent, give another test, you will literally scream! You’ve tried to rejuvenate your teacher mojo but you just don’t have the power to resurrect it, not even a little bit. You may wonder, am I a bad person? Who doesn’t want to be around sweet little adorable children? We all need a break and you should take yours. That’s why we have weekends. Two glorious days to resuscitate, rejuvenate and get refreshed.

During the summer of 2015, you must make it your mission to find your oasis in the midst of this dry spell. But the difference is instead of using the summer for a watering hole, develop year-round strategies that keep your well filled up continuously. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Plan “Me Moments” during the course of your day. 5 to 30 minute segments in your day where you do things that make you smile. (Read a chapter in your favorite novel, sing a couple of choruses of your favorite “happy” song, or call a favorite friend and share a special moment with them.) It’s your moment so you decide what it is.
  • Rehydrate your work week by building comrade with your fellow teachers. There a strong possibility they are also feeling the heat of a rigorous work week. Share that you care and watch it come back to you in rain drops filled with support and compassion.
  • Throw yourself a party on the weekend that is intended to rock you back into FUN mode where everything serious is forgotten and pleasure is a priority. Loving you should be #1 on your list.

Finding your own personal oasis may take some extra effort on your part, but when you set up a watering hole at every exit, life can be more than bearable, it can actually be lovely. Feel free to share some of your ideas with me. Just take a few minutes and drop me an email at [email protected] I’d love to hear from you. Happy Summer!