Teaching in a metropolis? Relax and regroup by getting back to nature.

By Monika Salita

Teaching in a metropolis? Relax and regroup by getting back to nature.

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Some teachers thrive in large urban metropolises, enveloped by a city that is constantly alive and buzzing. Other teachers relish living and teaching in the peace and serenity of a smaller, calmer town.

I personally, enjoy big-city living, energized by the lights and sounds and the hustle and bustle of society, partaking in everyday living. Sometimes though, even the most enthusiastic of city dwellers needs an urban escape to get away from the constant buzz of cars, trains and the dramatics of the city in order to experience the calm of nature in the form of birds chirping, insects buzzing and waters rushing by.

Even in a sprawling metropolis, there must be a slice of nature that a harried teacher can visit in order to relax, clear one’s head, straightened out thoughts, and return to city living refreshed.

Great places to visit and “get away from it all” include:

Local parks and hiking trails, lakefronts, seasides, rivers, botanical gardens, zoos, beaches, yoga studios, zen gardens, and even sometimes universities will have quaint gardens worth visiting. Even a charming bookshop or tea house tucked away in a quiet, undiscovered corner may serve you well. I also found that when leaving the city was difficult to do, traveling to a different, undiscovered part of town allowed me to be stimulated by new sites and sounds, taking my mind away from my troubles and focusing on exploring and learning about the new part of the city which lay before me. If your city has a tourist or information bureau, asking personnel there about great places to relax and unwind may be very beneficial as well.

When doing a bit of research online, one will easily find dozens of articles describing ways to unwind after a long day, ways to deal with teaching stress, and quiet places to relax at the airport, which is useful knowledge for day-to-day living as well.

Take time to focus on and enjoy nature, leave your worries behind, focus on clearing your head. Returning to regular city life with body and mind refreshed will give you the peace and energy needed to tackle your next adventures. What’s more is that your students will benefit from a teacher with a newly refreshed and less stressed spirit.

Spend some quality time with nature and everyone wins.


I adored teaching English in beautiful Montpellier, France during the 2008-09 academic year. I am an avid learner and have finished two professional certificates in public relations and social media technologies.