Are you spending more time than you should be on one particular task in a day? Check your processes for grading papers, collecting student work, even lesson planning. Is there something you can do to streamline any of these processes to make the burden less heavy for you? Check with colleagues to see how they do things.
Make sure the students are working harder than you.
This is an age-old teaching adage, but must be recognized. You should never be working harder than your students in your own classroom.
Cut ties with negative energy.
The colleague who is always complaining in the faculty lounge? Take a break from them or politely ask them to cool it with the negative comments.
Don't take on extra responsibilities if you can't currently manage them. Schools take a village and you are not the only villager. Contribute where you can and don't feel guilty when you cannot. This is true for working outside of school as well. If you get more work done at school, set a schedule where you stay later certain days to finish your tasks. You will be happier at home knowing the work is done.
Self-care, self-care, self-care.
We're so dedicated to self-care that we write about it every Sunday. Self-care is a crucial part of your recovery. You must decide what that means to you and make the time for it.
Focus on what needs to be done today.
Sometimes the big picture can be overwhelming, especially when you are feeling exhausted. Focus on what needs to be done today. Setting small goals and completing them can be incredibly motivating and will help you chisel away at the larger goal.
Find an outlet.
Reading, writing, Zumba? What do you find joy in? Do more of that.
Make friends with new teachers
New teachers tend to come with incredible energy. I personally love to listen to new teachers discuss what's going on in their classrooms. It energizes me and reminds me why I love the profession.
Don’t cause yourself unnecessary stress.
Let go of the guilt. Feeling guilty can lead to an increase in stress which will just make the burnout worse. Do what you can do, let go of what you can't.
Make a Feel-Good File.
My Feel-Good File gets me through my tough days. There is something about seeing old photos and letters that feels completely re-energizing on days when I just don't know why I'm teaching. (We all have those days.) Looking through files that make you happy and proud can truly help combat those helpless feelings.
If you're experiencing burnout, remember that you aren't alone. It is well documented that many teachers go through this. Self-care and support are crucial. You will get through it!
Teachers - how do you beat burnout? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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