6 Ways Kind Teachers Can Relax This Summer

1. Volunteer at an Animal Shelter

Spending a couple of hours walking dogs and playing with kittens does more than help you relax—it also helps socialize homeless animals and gives them a better chance at finding a forever home. What’s better than reading a book while snuggling with a kitten? Not much. Find your local open-admission shelter and volunteer. Make a note to chat with the staff about getting your students involved during the school year, such as by taking a tour or interviewing the staff for a paper or project.

shelter cat

2. Visit an Animal Sanctuary

Let’s be honest: Sometimes being a kick-ass teacher who also cares about animals can be a bit stressful, and we’re human—so we can burn out. Remind yourself why you’ve decided to dedicate your life to kids and animals by visiting a local farmed-animal sanctuary. Many animal sanctuaries have programs for students, too, so check on that while you’re there. You can even take some great photos and note the stories of the animals so that you can share them when school starts up again.

farm sanctuary cow

3. Meditate

What teacher doesn’t need a little a lot of quiet time?

4. Spend More Time Outside … With Your Dog

This can help you shed the “stress pounds” from the school year—and your dog will love you even more for taking him or her out for an adventure.

5. Relax With DIY Vegan Bath Bombs

6. Master a New Vegan Recipe

Try the easy vegan pad Thaispicy kale soup with pepitasfried avocado tortas, or the simple vegan caprese mac and cheese shown in the video below. The options are endless!

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind