Surviving the Week of Finals

As all teachers know, finals week can be exhilarating while at the same time exhausting and trying. Students are stressed yet excited and ready for break. We’re all pushed for deadlines – writing exams and grading them. Plus, I think my family is expecting gifts or something…

So, here’s a list of things I’m doing to stay sane this week

  • I’m taking an hour every day for me – I don’t answer the phone and I’m not checking email. I’m watching TV, leveling my WoW character, or just staring at the wall.
  • I’m hitting the gym to work off my anxiety and stress.
  • I’m eating healthy (at least 2 meals a day, 1 might be garbage). I’m trying to eat the requisite servings of vegetables and fruit every day.
  • I’m indulging – I bought some Christmas Chocolate (some small chocolate bells) and I’m allowing myself one soda (not diet) a day. I enjoy it. I deserve it.
  • I’m managing my time – or at least trying to do so. I won’t be writing all my exams at one sitting and I won’t expect myself to grade them the same way.
  • I’m taking a few moments of every day to just enjoy the season – my colleagues, my friends, and my family.

So, what are you doing to survive the second most stressful time of year for a teacher?

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