Dealing with teacher burnout: tips to help you keep going. Teaching has long been one of the most challenging professions, but in recent years it’s gotten even harder. As teachers struggle to meet the ever-changing demands of students and administrators alike, they can quickly feel overwhelmed and burnt out. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to address teacher burnout head-on, from setting boundaries with other responsibilities to learning how to say no to extra projects. By taking some time to focus on your own needs, you can learn to keep going when everything seems like too much.
Identify the problem
Many teachers are feeling burnt out and frustrated. With the high level of job stress and low salary that they receive, they may be looking for another profession. However, teaching is something that cannot be overlooked or undervalued. If we don’t have quality teachers, the future generation will suffer. Taking care of yourself as a teacher is very important because it benefits you and your students who need you now more than ever before. First, make sure you know what factors are causing burnout to pinpoint a solution. For example, it could be due to financial stress (e.g., not getting paid enough) or workload (e.g., too many papers). Second, establish boundaries between work and personal life by planning time outside of school hours where you can do things that rejuvenate your mind and body-you deserve this!
Accept it and move on
No matter how bad it gets, there’s always a way through. If you’ve ever dealt with teacher burnout, you know how difficult this can be. Below are some tips to help you get past the frustration and take control of your teaching success.
• Keep some distance from the kids. Instead of interacting directly with them for the whole day, only give them one lesson a day and allow yourself the rest of the time for self-care and planning lessons for tomorrow. That way, when you do go back into the classroom in the afternoon, they won’t have worn you out too much.
• Go outside: Taking walks during recess or lunch is an easy thing to do that will give you fresh air and exercise. Plus, if you’re lucky enough to work near green spaces like a park or trail system, these walks will also provide a scenic view that will refresh your mind from any stressful thoughts.
Don’t beat yourself up
Don’t feel like you’re the only one. When you’re feeling burned out, know that your students are too. Remember to recharge every day – meditate or walk in nature; do something fun; go on a trip – because even though teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs there is, we don’t always have time for ourselves.
Create time for you
Take some time for yourself. A mental health day is just as important as a physical one. Be sure to take some time for yourself, eat well, sleep well, and exercise or do something that makes you happy. Spend time outside on a nice day, go out of town or visit friends that live in another town and can provide you with a fresh perspective on life!
Get enough sleep
Sleep is essential for not only your physical health but also your mental health. Sleep helps you to maintain energy throughout the day and boosts your mood. If you are having a hard time sleeping at night, try going to bed earlier or experimenting with different types of sleep aids that can help promote relaxation and restfulness before bedtime.
Enlist help from your peers, parents, and others
Talk about your struggles openly. This will provide an opportunity for other people in the school to speak and give perspectives that you may not have considered before. Doing this might also inspire others who are dealing with similar challenges, as well as help get some of the negativity out. Additionally, find someone you can trust, such as a supervisor or co-worker, and consult them when times get tough.
Finally, be mindful of how often you give presentations each week or assign busy work on tests and assignments.
Take time off
It is possible to have too much of a good thing. I recommend taking time off for yourself if you can swing it. Too often we feel that the only time we are allowed to take time for ourselves is when school has been out for summer break. To me, that isn’t enough. Teachers work long hours and weekends on top of evenings and weekends at home. We need to make sure we give ourselves the time and space to recharge. The best way I know how is by traveling and going on adventures with my family outside our hometown. As teachers, it’s important to make sure we don’t burn out before our students do.
Maintain balance in other areas of your life
Luckily, there are some things you can do to help relieve the stress and anxiety that comes from teaching. These five ways are recommended by experts to keep your mind on the task at hand. -Take a break after every hour of teaching or meeting time. -Try to limit checking email or other social media sites during the day. -Develop a plan for coping with difficult students or parents before they arise. -Get enough sleep, because lack of sleep has been linked to decreased cognitive performance and increased depression and anxiety. -Practice self-care outside of work hours by finding hobbies you enjoy like gardening, knitting, running, etc.
Keeping going can be tough when you’re tired, but keep in mind that you’ll probably feel better after some time off. Plus, quitting is not an option if you want to make a difference in the lives of children.