Burnout is a real issue when it comes to teaching. It doesn’t happen simply because of peak stressful times in the year; it is a slow and steady build day-to-day. Teachers deal with many personalities and sorted tasks all day long. So it’s crucial to take care of oneself and make sure the daily grind isn’t taking a greater toll.
Teaching is a noble profession. To stay on the top of your game, follow these tips to reduce any stress you may face.
1. Eat Lunch
Yes, this one may seem obvious, but not only does your body need nutrients, but setting aside a few minutes to eat your lunch will force you take a short break from all the teaching, grading, and planning you may have to do. Make it a point to eat lunch everyday. Your body and mind will thank you, and you’ll feel a lot better as you take on the rest of your work day.
2. Take a Walk
Simple and effective. You know that moment when you have too much to do, and not a moment for yourself, and you are juggling 16 different tasks…and you only have a few minutes before your next round of learning activities begin?? That’s the perfect opportunity to take a timeout and walk around the school. If you can, head outside and take in some fresh air. A little movement for your body, and stepping away from the workload for your mind, can help you refresh and be ready to tackle anything that comes your way.
3. Talk With a Colleague
No matter what happens in the course of your day, keep in mind you are not alone. Teachers often forget there are other educators around when they are focused on their day’s lessons and classes. But they’re out there! Even a few minutes to chat about something outside of school, such as sports, entertainment, parenting, or just plain joking around, can help ground and remind you that you are not in this alone.
4. Close Your Eyes and Breathe
Even if you only have two spare minutes in the whole school day, which may be all too common, take a moment to shut your eyes and focus on your breathing. This is a technique used to remind yourself that you are okay. Breathing is an essential function of being alive. Sometimes that simple reminder is all it takes to put your mind at ease.