Finding Time for Yourself This Summer

Dana GoodierBlog, Reflect Better, Self Care Better


  • Finding time for yourself this summer is essential.
  • Visit friends, travel to new places, and put the worries aside.

Ah, summer is now here. Warmer temps and longer days. For many of us educators, it is time to take some time for ourselves, to rest, relax, and travel. Whatever you have in planed this summer, make sure you find time for yourself.

Visiting Friends, Taking in Conferences

Taking time for yourself may be something that you’ve formed a habit doing. This could be your daily, bi-weekly, or once weekly workouts, be it running, hiking, biking, swimming, yoga, pickleball, tennis, or whatever floats your boat. Taking time for yourself could be traveling to see friends you haven’t seen in a while. Perhaps you’d like to meet up with some of your connections through Twitter or Teach Better Team by attending a state or regional educator’s conference this summer? Many of my connections attended ISTE in late June. I haven’t planned on going to any conferences this summer, but am a sponsor (on podcaster’s row) for the Teach Better Conference in October.

Whatever the situation that you're going into next year may be, remember we are at our best when we take the time to step back and reflect. Click To Tweet

Travel Abroad for the First Time in Years!

You may have a desire to visit far-away places you’ve been waiting 3 years to be comfortable enough to travel abroad to. Go for it! Even though tickets are high now, the theme is “Carpe Diem!” I booked tickets to Norway and France about 2 months ahead of our late-June through mid-July trip. After six years, it’s wonderful to finally head overseas again.  Tuning out from work duties, email, and other day-to-day must-do’s is essential in giving yourself time off, especially when you’re abroad.

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Push Those Worries Aside!

Give yourself some time to leave the worry aside. You may be starting a new position next year and are worried about how the transition is going to go. You may be leaving your current position to consult and speak professionally full-time and are concerned about how you will make income from your business. Whatever the situation that you’re going into next year may be, remember we are at our best when we take the time to step back and reflect. Get away for a few days, a week or more, and give yourself some space from the work arena.

If you want to share ways you’ve taken time for yourself so far this summer, tweet me @danagoodier and use the hashtag #summerselfcare

About Dana Goodier

Dr. Dana Goodier has 20 years of experience in education. She has taught World Languages and English and worked as a middle school administrator. She completed her doctorate degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership early 2020. For her dissertation, she researched reasons parents were opting their students out of high-stakes testing at middle schools and how that affected the district accreditation rating. She often speaks at conferences, providing educators with techniques to minimize off-task behavior and to increase time on task. She is the host of the “Out of the Trenches” podcast, which features educators who share their stories of resiliency. Follow her on Twitter @danagoodier and visit her website at: