Parents and teachers have the most difficult job in the world. With that comes a lot of fulfillment. But having periods when you feel burnout is also natural.
You have probably felt like me at one point…
I can officially say that I am out of steam at the moment. I love my job and would never do anything else. Yet, certain parts of the school year get very overwhelming.
I feel that I need a week during which I don’t answering my phone, don’t have meetings, don’t deal with difficult situations. I simply need a break. The end of the year is difficult for teachers and this year I am really feeling the burn out. Every year I feel tired but I am able to quickly jump back. This year feels very different to me. I feel that if I don’t take good care of myself I may not be able to come back to teaching in the Fall. Contrary to my feelings, I just got volunteered to teach a camp next week. Something that I would normally love but I simply don’t have the energy for it at the moment. Hmm… I guess my thoughts of finding time for myself got a bit interrupted.
So how do you restore your energy to fight burnout…
In the past years I have come to realize that fighting burnout is something that takes a conscious effort. You need to look at your day and analyze the things that need a change. Having a busy schedule is also a constant dance between working hard and finding the balance to let go. Here are some tips I you may find helpful!
1. Make Over Your Mornings
Your morning sets up the tone for the whole day. How is your morning? Smooth and serene? Or hectic?
The your answer was the second one, I may have a good idea for you.
I have recently stumbled through a great course that helps moms improve their mornings. I took the course myself. I absolutely loved it.
The course has the price of about 4 morning lates. But it has the potentials to improve your mornings for a long time.
2. Change Up Your Routine
If you don’t have a possibility for an actual break, then change things up! Routines are great. But often getting out of our routine for awhile is what prevents burnout.
As ironic as it sounds, sometimes more work may help you prevent burnout if it is done in a way that changes up your routine. I have more than one story where what I thought would turn out to be more work ended up being incredibly refreshing. It changed my perspective of my schedule. I am sure you have had those aswell. Thinking back and trying to copy these little moments is one step away from burnout.
3. Find ONE Thing That Is Just Yours
I feel that every person has to have one thing that they love doing and it is something that they can do regardless of everyone else around them. That can be a hobby, certain ambition, etc. This is so important for preventing burnout.
For me at the moment this blog is the ONE thing that I do. I write about my own struggles and success with burnout prevention on this page. The topic of fighting burnout takes a big portion of the blog. But ironically as I am writing about it, it changes up my routine and it helps me.
Long walks and hiking is another thing for me personally. Walking in nature helps me clear my head. I try to sneak in short trips where I can indulge in it. If not, I simply do it around our house. When I have done it, I see a difference.