It’s “Back to School” time! Sales for school supplies, school clothes and shoes have all started. Even if the school doesn’t start for you until after Labor Day, you have already started thinking about going back, I bet.
In my last post, I recommended that if you are a teacher and you are contemplating your return to school for another year, it may be a good idea to do a “gut check.”
After writing about that, I had teachers tell me that they literally feel sick to their stomachs when they contemplate going back for another year.
That isn’t good.
Here is what I know for sure.
If you go back with an attitude that you are just hanging on by your fingernails, your kids will sense it. You aren’t going to be having any fun, and neither are they.
It bothers me that teacher burnout seems to be on the upswing. After all, if everyone left teaching all of a sudden, what would happen to our kids? Who would teach them?
On the other hand, if you are a teacher who is experiencing the pain and heartache of burnout, it is a cinch that you aren’t doing your best work anymore, and you owe it to your kids to either get your burnout handled or look for something else to do.
Taking care of the burnout may be the simplest approach. Have you taken advantage of the free e-book I wrote a couple of years ago on stress management? If not, I invite you to take a look at it. It is a simple, straightforward approach to 7 strategies for managing stress more effectively and proactively. Burnout is the result of stress gone unmanaged for too long.
Take a look at the book and download it by clicking here: http://kittyboitnott.leadpages.co/ebook.
If you aren’t sure if you are experiencing burnout, perhaps you would benefit from checking out my free 7 Signs of Teacher Burnout Assessment. To download the assessment for free, click here: https://kittyboitnott.leadpages.co/7-signs-of-teacher-burnout/.
If your burnout goes beyond needing simple stress management techniques, it may be time to explore other career alternatives. As a Career Transition and Job Search Coach, I specialize in helping teachers who are feeling burned out explore their career options.
For many teachers, just knowing that you have options helps alleviate some of the sense of being stuck where you aren’t happy anymore.
So, I urge you to take note of how you feel as you consider going back to school this fall. If you are excited and looking forward to it, good for you.
If you are filled with dread at the prospect, it may be time to get help. Contact me by visiting my website at TeachersinTransition.com.
Sign up for a complimentary Discovery Session. I would love to talk with you to see if I can help.
Until next time.