All of the time spent in the classroom is sure to take a toll on teachers. With how exhausting controlling a classroom full of children can be, it’s understandable that many teachers will struggle striking a work-life balance that actually provides them with some mental and physical release. Unfortunately, teachers will likely always have a complicated relationship with their job. The amount of pride will often outweigh the exhaustion, but that shouldn’t mean that teachers aren’t prepared to handle the exhaustion in stride. In fact, there are methods to doing exactly that. Something as simple a 15-minute break, whether at home or school can do a lot for a teacher’s well-being. When could teachers find time for this? As children are engaged in an assignment or project, teachers can truly take a moment for themselves and embrace it. Whether that be basking in the silence or doing something productive, finding these little pockets of time can prove extremely beneficial for teachers. While at home, teachers should engage in similar releases, such as a walk through the neighborhood, writing in a journal, performing some stretches, or spending quality time with their pets. Any action that can reduce the stress experienced and can be done in short time increments are much easier to incorporate into a busy schedule. To learn more about the time effective self-care methods being utilized by teachers, continue on to the resource coupled alongside this post.
Check out Teacher Self-Care 101, provided by Curriculum Associates; an organization specializing in providing your student a personalized phonics based reading program.