I know that it has been a few weeks since I have posted on the blog. So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to discuss how teachers can create a perfect work-life balance.
There have been a few things happening in my personal life that caused me to step back from the many things I had been trying to accomplish. Honestly, I really only had enough energy to focus at school and home. Everything extra had to take a backseat.
As a teacher, self-care is critical. You really cannot be on your game in a classroom of 30 students without making sure you are okay. This is a list of a few ways you can make sure you are a priority in a life that is pulling you in all directions.
Your Health Comes First
This to me is most important. So many teachers hate to take one of their sick days because honestly, sometimes it is more work to get your classroom ready for a sub. But, you have to ask yourself, if you aren’t at 100% will learning actually take place in your classroom?
Also, poor health tends to make you quick to anger and less patient. Don’t be afraid to take time for yourself.
Respect Your Time
Teachers often over work themselves. Sometimes coming hours before school starts and staying hours after school ends. There are times when it is warranted, but your time is important. Giving yourself limits helps create a balance. Especially now a days when we are connected 24/7 through apps like Remind and email.
Set a time when you will no longer look at school emails for the night or answer parental texts. I’m sure your family will appreciate your attention as well.
No – It’s a word
I’m sure you are on x, y, & z committee, coaching swim and track, while also maintaining an after-school club. Slow down, keep your focus, and say no. Teachers are people and no one is going to think less of you if you aren’t doing 25 extra activities around school. You need your time too, so please stop and think about what is actually a feasible use of your time that won’t burn you out.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
It’s small for a reason. Because, if you did worry about all the little things, you’d never be calm. The world won’t end if you forget to send the email- tomorrow is another day. Let go of those students who know just how to push your buttons. Breathe, relax, and try not to worry. It will do wonders for your health.
Creating a work-life balance is imperative if you want to be an impactful teacher. Teachers who over-work burn out much quicker than teachers who take life one day at a time. You also want to be the best you for your students. So, make sure you have spent time on self-care.
I know from personal experience the impact this can have on your classroom. Take my advice and give yourself the pampering you deserve.
For further reading: The Teacher’s Challenge: Balancing Work and Life
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