Almost every educator has experienced the following scenario—you arrive in your classroom after summer break with better focus, a positive attitude, and are ready to take on the school year head on. As the year progresses, though, and the number of papers you grade become overwhelming, the amount of in-service and skills development days envelop your schedule, and the feeling that your original plan seems to be going array builds, you begin to develop fatigue, apathy, and a general lack of enthusiasm. This is not to say that this is a reflection on you as an educator, but rather a response to the lack of time that you may find for yourself to self-reflect and wine down.
Just how important is time to yourself you ask? According to a study done on 131 teachers titled "How long do you benefit from vacation? A closer look at the fade-out of vacation effects" conducted at the University of Konstanz in Konstanz, Germany, they concluded that reducing job-demands and ensuring leisure time relaxation prevented and reduced chronic strain reactions to job stress.