1. Avoid Burnout
Stress is part of the job, but you can reduce stress and avoid burnout with a few simple steps. Number 1 is to let go of perfection. You don’t have to be perfect. Your classroom doesn’t have to be perfect. Your lessons don’t have to be perfect. Excellent doesn’t mean perfection. Keep reminding yourself that.
Life—and teaching—are hard enough. Don’t make them harder. Look for ways to simplify your life. That could mean cutting out something that you do regularly that stresses you out or using premade worksheets instead of reinventing the wheel. Or it could mean using tools that simplify your life.
3. Find work-life balance
Living, breathing, doing teaching 24-7 is another sure route to burnout. I’ll admit, I still struggle with work-life balance, but I’ve gotten better. It helps to think of it as something you keep adjusting rather than a goal you will reach. Check out these favorite work-life balance tips. A lot of it comes down to time management—and giving yourself permission to take time for yourself.
One of the best antidotes to stress is laughter. So pop in your favorite comedy. Talk to a friend who always gets you giggling. Or check out these funny educational photos (I love #12).
5. Take care of basic needs
From getting enough sleep to making sure we remember (and make time) to eat lunch, basic needs are essential to our well-being. To help you get back in the groove with the basics, I’m running a fun, free challenge later this month. Sign up here to make sure you don’t miss any of it!
6. Get support
One of the most important things I’ve learned as a teacher is to ask for help. Use online resources. Connect with other teachers. It’s not easy, but I think it’s essential, especially for new teachers. If you’re looking for support, my New Teacher Support Program (coming soon) is just what you need. Get the resources, community, and innovative ideas you need to thrive.
It’s time to take your teacher well being serious. If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for your students. And stay tuned, I’ll be talking more about taking care of you in the next few weeks!
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