Teacher Burnout

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Avoid teacher burnout...Is that like a medical thing or what?  When I first you could avoid burnout and stress, I had to google what the deal was.  It is no secret teaching is a thankless professional to many and many teachers are leaving this wonderful profession.  However, if teachers can start a teacher burnout prevention plan and implement teacher self-care strategies maybe more people would stay in the teaching profession.  I don’t know about you, but I often wake up thinking about school and go to bed thinking about school. I find this especially true when you work in a low-economic school.  So many of our students experience terrible living conditions which can cause even more stress and worry for educators. If this totally relates to you, and you are looking to avoid burnout.

Why are teachers so stressed out?

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It takes a special person to work with kids.  However, it takes an exceptional person to TEACH children.  We are so far from only teaching children. Teachers are nurses, mom, dad, counselor, authority figure, friend, and protector.  No wonder we have a huge increase in the number of stressed-out teachers! Teachers are expected to perform countless tasks and perform them well.  Teachers have to process and prioritize their worries. I have to admit when I heard about teacher self-care strategies I thought, “ it's going to take a lot of teacher self-care strategies to make me feel better”.   I hope this teacher style blog post will help you avoid teacher burnout and teacher stress management.

1. Develop Self Care Strategies

The teacher burnout rate continues to climb higher and higher. So, after thinking about my personal lack of teacher self-care, and having that teacher burnout feeling, I began considering how if I tweaked my weekly routine I may be able to shut down my teacher's brain after leaving school on Fridays.  So I made some minor adjustments and I felt better. Now each week on Wednesday, I start planning for the upcoming week. Thursday I make my copies for the upcoming week and Friday I get my math centers ready to go.  This has made a big, big difference! However, would you consider this “teacher self-care”?

2. Avoid Teacher Burnout Prevention Plan

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Think about your teacher burnout prevention plan.  What makes you happy? So, why did you start teaching? Teacher self-care is different for every teacher!  It can be some much needed Netflix time, spending time with your family, outside time, listening to a podcast, or preparing for the upcoming week in your classroom.  So, choose anything that reduces your stress level, I consider self-care!
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3.   Find your Teacher tribe!

So, don't forget to take care of yourself!   Find you a teacher tribe...people who laugh a bunch, are uplifting, and positive!  There are always going to be papers that need grading, copies need to be made, and task cards to be laminated. But remember to take the time when you need it!  Don’t get burned out. Your students need you too badly! You are too valuable as a person or teacher to get burnout or physically ill.

4. Here are some self-care strategies for teachers suggestions:

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  • Reconnect with nature.  
  • Go for a walk. Pop in your earbuds and listen to your favorite podcast or some music.
  • Work and then take a break.  Set small achievable goals in your classroom and when you have accomplished that stop and take a break!
  • Talk to a friend you can trust!  Ask someone who has experience with your situation and you feel safe speaking to.  

5. Signs of Teacher Burnout

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You always need to be aware of your stress levels and what stresses you out. This will help reduce stress if you can identify and prevent stress. So, here are just a few teacher burnout symptoms and signs of teacher burnout.  Remember every person is different and may experience different teacher burnout symptoms.

  1. Thoughts of dealing with students or other teachers develop or worsen anxiety to the point you become ill.  
  2. Trouble sleeping or staying asleep
  3. Severe fatigue
  4. Trouble concentrating or completing a task

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