It's no surprise that many teachers get overwhelmed with their daily tasks and end up losing their passion for teaching within 5 - 7 years.
Teachers do a lot, such as grade papers, mentor students, prepare lesson plans, and work with parents (just to name a few). And as an educator, I can say that there are plenty of times where I sat at the dinner table and did worked overtime for my students.
It isn't easy for teachers to keep their passion for teaching alive with all the mundane tasks and the extra hours tossed into the mix.
So how do we as teachers avoid Burnouts that come so often in our industry?
I'm glad you asked, there are 7 things that I do personally to keep myself from burning out.
Travel on breaks.
I can't tell you how much traveling has helped me. I love the whole experience, the packing, the planning, and the socializing.
Go somewhere you haven't been. You don't have to spend thousands of dollars, but have a budget and go somewhere relaxing for the weekend.
It helps you be reoriented and inspired.
But here is a disclaimer, don't bring children.
Do things you love throughout the week.
It's the little things that count.
Go for walks in the park, go play the piano, go to church, go, volunteer, make a blanket, or do woodworking.
Do something you love and it will get you through those mundane weeks,
Eat and exercise
I can't stress this one enough.
You have to eat right and exercise regularly. It has been shown to improve your mind and boost your mood.
So if you arent doing this, then you are missing out.
Have a Social Life
This one is hard to do, but not impossible.
It's hard to make friends when you are so dedicated to your work, but it is an important piece to keep you from burning out.
You need regular friends (that have no correlation with school) that can help you improve yourself and stop you from talking about work.
Among communication, you and your friends can go to the movies, go to parks, do things together. These activities and friends help you live a fuller life.
And speaking about work, that brings me to our next helpful tip.
Don't talk about work
I know your students are important to you and those teachers/administrators are giving you a hard time, but stop bringing it up.
There is a time and a place for everything, so give yourself an hour to talk and dwell on those things then move on.
It will keep your mind free and your mood positive,
Read a book or watch a movie
Changing the perspective of your life for a few minutes does wonders.
That's why I recommend reading a book or watching a movie that you enjoy.
There are so many opportunities to grow and or be entertained in a way that makes you relax and dive in.
Forget about the responsibilities of school for an hour or so and feel free.
Focus on a big goal and work towards it.
The last tip I have for you is to have a goal in life. There is nothing better than working towards something.
It helps you see the big picture and be active and passionate about what you love on a bigger scale.
This goal could be writing a book or painting a masterpiece, or maybe it is starting a business or going to all the rivers and dropping a coin in it.
Maybe it's going back to school for your master's or creating something new and exciting. Whatever it is, I want you to work towards it every week.
That could look like creating a vision board and then slowly taking steps to make your goal happen, or it's calling up your friends to help you be accountable.
Whatever it is, get started today and make a plan to make it happen.
Those are my seven tips to stop experiencing burnout as a teacher. Because it is important to remember why you entered the education system in the first place.
That is why is going to help you keep going along with these hints.
Remember the fuller your life is, the more meaningful and passionate you are.
So don't forget the small things like doing your devotion and praying, as well as eating and exercising. And don't skip over the socializing part. You need a community that is detached from your school environment.
You got this! Go change the world!