There are people in the general public who think that teachers have an easy job. They have no idea. These are often the same people who can’t wait to send their one or two children back to school after a break. They never stop to think that their kids’ teachers manage 25 to 30 kids all day long five days a week.
We are all more stressed today than ever. There are many reasons for this. Just consider what has happened in the last few weeks:
(6) And if you are a political junky, you can’t stop watching the drama that is playing out in Washington, DC. Regardless of your personal politics, the division and the polarization that has gripped the country is taking a toll on all of us, even if you try to block it out.
It’s almost too much to think about. Yet, think about it, we must. It’s part of our current reality, and unless you live under a rock or in a cave, you cannot be unaffected by it all.
All of these factors impact stress and burnout in teachers and other busy professionals.
Right now, I am just speaking to teachers, however.
When teachers call me about burnout, it isn’t always because they are burned out with their students. Most of them admit that they still love their kids. In fact, they will say, “If I could just be left alone to teach, I’d be okay. It’s all the other stuff that I can’t take anymore.”
If you are a teacher, that may sound familiar.
Teaching has grown to be a difficult job because of the increased demands upon teachers in general. Again, people in the public have no idea what their child’s teacher does in their time off. And let’s be honest. They don’t care. They are unaware of the hours it takes to prepare for a typical day or lesson. They don’t understand what goes into grading papers. They just don’t get it. And why should they?
So, what’s a teacher to do if they are feeling stressed out and overwhelmed with the job with no remedy in sight? If the stress goes unchecked, it may lead to burnout, and burnout could mean changing your whole career path. Wouldn’t it be better if you could find a way to manage your stress and avoid burnout altogether?
That is what the next several posts will be about. I will offer suggestions for teachers. These suggestions will include specific tools, techniques, and strategies for managing their stress. These recommendations will help you feel more relaxed and less stressed. They will also help you build physical, mental, and emotional resilience.
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