This morning, Matt tweeted out an article about the relative stress levels of different professions. He noted that teachers were in the top five and encouraged educators to relax over the summer.
I retweeted the article after I read it. But after I did, I realized I struggle with what relaxing means. Today, for example, I read one book and got through a good chunk of another. I walked to a restaurant about 1.5 miles from my house and had lunch. I took a nap and bought some school supplies. I watched a documentary. I imagine that kind of day might be some people’s dream, but at the end of the day, I’m feeling gross and unfocused.
I’ve taken a little good-natured ribbing recently because I’ve got a fair amount on my plate this summer, but I’m not sure how to do things differently or if I’d want to. I certainly can get over-committed during the school year, but I feel equally daunted by the free time of the summer.
How do you relax without feeling like you’re wallowing?