End-of-term-itis Is A Thing
I’m not saying its an ‘official medical condition’, but I’ve no doubt you’ve witnessed it in the school aged children (and teachers) in your life, or experienced it yourself at the end of the quarter, or at the end of big projects or assignments, or in line with the school term just like your school aged children.
For me personally, I feel my brain and body getting tired and a dull to my sparkle. I start to crave a slower pace, quietness, and a break or escape from our weekly routine. I get cranky if it feels like there is no choice but to keep powering through the hustling and the bustling (ie. when slowing down seems challenging because there is SO much going on, or scheduling in down time seems pretty impossible, or there is no ‘break’ or time off in sight).
I take these signals/symptoms as messages from my body to action some gentle end-of-term-friendly self care strategies. Because past experience tells me that recognizing symptoms like these early helps to avoid End-Of-Term-Itis becoming burnout and unwanted illness.
What Are The Symptoms?
- Feeling tired and lethargic
- Feeling short-tempered, cranky and snapping at people
- Decrease in, or lack of, motivation
- Fuzzy brain or finding it hard to make decisions
- Lacking sleep or constantly waking tired
- Feeling run down
- Craving a break
This isn’t an exhaustive list, but you get the idea. It is a sure sign that our immune system is tired and in need of some TLC (aka. self care). Left untreated and ignored, these symptoms can often lead to illness. I’m sure you can recall a time you continued to power through end-of-term-itis only to end up sick in bed during the first week of the school holidays rather than being able to get out and enjoy the holiday or getaway you planned.
Coping With End-Of-Term-Itis
Once I start to observe some of the symptoms mentioned above, I know it is time to focus more on my body and mind and identify ways to look after myself… gently. Here’s some of my End-Of-Term go tos:
- Start each day with big drink of water
- Make conscious effort to pack myself a colourful and nourishing lunch (check out my current fav lunch here)
- Reduce commitments, plans, and extracurricular activities
- Give myself permission to rest
- Decrease expectations on self
- Talk kinder to self
- Reduce caffeine
- Add a few extra breaks intro my day
- Plan for earlier nights
- Pay closer attention to my bedtime routine to ensure a better nights sleep
- Give myself opportunities to switch off and take time away from screens
- Add some deep breathing exercises into my day (maybe meditation is your thing?)
- Go for a walk in nature
- Decrease the intensity of my workouts (Focus more on quality strength workouts and decrease hiit workouts)
- Do unproductive activities like cloud watching, sitting in the backyard with a cuppa, drawing or colouring in
- Take advantage of local nourishing meal delivery services (like Made 2 Nourish and Better Me Smoothies)
- Walk barefoot on grass (or at the beach if you’re near there)
- Book in some downtime, a little getaway or a short holiday
- **This is also a time to make sure you take any prescribed medications or supplements
NB: Some of these might sound challenging if ‘your term’ hasn’t actually finished, or your project hasn’t reached completion, or you’re juggling career life and mum life. I have discovered that a crucial part of coping with End-of-term-itis is to develop early awareness.
Say Yes To Rest
End-Of-Term-Itus is actually a big reason why I chose to close in line with the school holidays each term. When I first started business, there was no way I would close for a week, regularly. But when COVID hit, it allowed me to taker a closer look at how I do things. How I do business, how I want to do business, how we role model our philosophy to our community, and how we empower our community to create their OWN happier, healthier more adventurous life. It was a no-brainer to add regular SAY YES TO REST times into our yearly calendar.
Giving ourselves relaxation, downtime and a break from routine is super important to our health, wellbeing and our feeling of balance.
This blog is based on my personal experience and conversations with colleagues and clients, accumulated over 20+ years working in health and fitness industry. I am not a doctor and this is not based on any formal research. These are my own thoughts and tips which I share to promote self-care.
Whats your go to remedy for End-Of-Term-Itus? Let me know in the comments!