I felt this quote was important to share after my post about the importance of teacher retention and the concerns of experiencing burnout. To follow up, here’s a list of tips to address and alleviate your stress for a happy New Year and a healthy rest of the school year.
Prioritize what is important to adhere to timeliness. This allows you the time to break apart large projects into small components. Create a functional environment that helps you stay organized by using colored folders, large calendars and labeling.
2. Take a break and get some rest
Many times we carry our work home, working late into the night and before you know it there are only a few hours to close your eyes. It’s okay to step away and make sure you get some down time and the rest you need.
3. Get moving and enjoy a good workout
Try to exercise. This one can sometimes be hard, especially after you have had a long day and are exhausted, but you will be surprised how a nice 30-minute workout will give you some relief. After a good Zumba session at the gym I am usually really reenergized and pumped up.
4. Enjoy your family and friends
As teachers we have some of the biggest hearts, often taking home the mental workload as well. It’s important to make the distinction between your personal life and work life—making time for both. I have to admit I’m still working on this one myself, but building a balanced schedule helps. Enjoy being with the ones you love.
5. Don’t suffer in silence
Last, but not least, don’t be afraid to ask for help. I know this can be difficult as educators we want to appear that we have it all under control, but it’s okay to need an extra hand. Reach out to your colleagues for support.
I hope that you find this helpful as you continue teaching and making a difference in the lives of your students each day. Remember, enjoy what you love about your job; for me, it’s simply just being able to teach every day.