3 Ways to Avoid Teacher Burnout
Dec 11, 2009 Teaching 3552 Views
For long time and new teachers, how to avoid teacher burnout is perhaps the top thought that they always want to solve. But with pressure, stress and routine activities in school, a majority of our teachers are left tired, uninspired and unenthusiastic even before they start their working day. This is actually a taboo that not all teachers are willing to discuss and share.
You might not know it, but you might actually be experiencing teacher burnout already. Common burnout signs that lead to such a scenario are anticipating the end of the day, the next weekend or the next probable vacation. In addition, diminished work interest, an unfinished work load and worst - quitting the said profession can occur. Little do we know that every teacher around the world is experiencing this in certain moments of their life. We may deny it but the signs are telling otherwise.
If you have been secretly experiencing this, do not fear. There are different ways to avoid teacher burnout. Try these tips and for sure it can drastically change your current state and can give great improvements towards your attitude and profession outlook.
Tip #1: Do not hesitate to ask for help. This is the hardest yet the most effective strategy to overcome teacher burnout. It is best to talk with your fellow teachers who might experience the same mixed with some colleagues who have overcome it. Manage to be open and vocal about your current situation. If you are not comfortable talking this with someone, an immediate family member can be an alternative. Share this with your loved ones like your spouse or your parent. I am pretty sure they can give you tips and ideas on how to avoid such a stressful black hole. They might even give you a hug or a kiss that can give you a quick mental boost!
Tip #2: Reserve some free time for yourself. When I say give time for yourself, it is a time away from your classroom and from the school. This can be a time that you can use to pamper yourself with the things you enjoy most. You can head up to your favourite spa or parlor and have that awaited massage, or better yet, try on a new hairdo. You can also invest this time towards a little hobby of yours. Furthermore, this can be a time for your family and friends. Stop yourself from thinking on your profession at this current state. And when you head back you will feel pretty refresh and renewed.
Tip #3: Know the reason behind your profession. New teachers are really the ones that have that enthusiastic atmosphere when they set foot in their rooms. But the longer they stay, the more dragging it will be, thereby leading to teacher burnouts. Thus, reconsider and rethink why you teach in the first place. This can rekindle the spark that you once had and can mean a great change to your current state of mind. Teaching is a noble profession. Look at it this way and you will definitely jump start a new day ahead.
There are actually more tips that you might want to add up to the initial three. But nonetheless, following the stated strategies can bring a whole new positive difference to you and your profession. Thus, avoid teacher burnouts by simply following it and for sure that certain grace a teacher must have will be evident next time you come to class.