We spent so much time making sure our lessons are perfect, our classrooms are cute, and that our students are receiving the best education possible. Don’t forget consistently building relationships with our students. We stay up late to mark work, design assessments, and craft the lesson for the next day; all while trying to throw our personal life into the mix, somewhere.
In that mix, we tend to lose ourselves. In that mix, we become burnt out. In that mix, we drain our batteries.
We neglect the importance of self-care.
We can’t help it. We’re caring and compassionate teachers, and we do this job for our students. It’s in our nature, and it’s who we are.
After taking on a total of three teaching terms this year, I decided that it was time for a break. A lot has transpired since the first day back in September, and I was nearing the end of my rope. Did I forget to mention that this is only my first year of teaching? That is not good – ending my first year, and I’m physical and emotionally drained.
Y’all… I needed an intervention. STAT!