Figuring out how to reduce teacher burnout is important for both teachers and students. Teachers who are burned out often show signs of fatigue, frustration, cynicism, and a lack of interest in their work. This can lead to lower quality instruction and can be very distracting for students. Not to mention, this can also lead to a stressful home life for you and your family. Luckily, there are steps that educators can take to prevent or reduce burnout. Check out the five strategies below!
- Take breaks! Grab a timer if you need a reminder, and try to take even just 5 minutes regularly to go read a little bit of your favorite book, go for a walk or go barefoot in the grass outside. Especially if you're concentrated on creating lesson plans or staring at a screen for a long time, it's important for your mental and physical health to take breaks!
- Exercise regularly. You may not want to hear it, but everybody has time to work out, it's how we choose to prioritize our time. You probably already know it helps improve your mood and stress levels, so maybe it’s about discipline, or maybe it’s about just getting creative with your time.
- Eat healthy foods - stay out of that teacher's room! You know exactly what I’m talking about! Eating sugary treats and snacks might make you happy for a minute but then you’ll crash in energy and mood. So plan ahead by packing a healthy lunch and avoid regularly eating out.
- Make time for yourself every single day. Even if it’s just 10 minutes, this might be your time to exercise, or journal or write, just sit and meditate or read. Whatever fills you up. It’s easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of our day as well as tuning out with mindless social media scrolling.
- Avoid working the weekends when possible. Make sure you have everything planned for Monday ready by Friday so you can give yourself time to fully relax and recharge. Especially if you can actually get away on a short trip, or stay in a local hotel, it can really help refresh your mind and energy.
So, what action step will you take this week to reduce your risk of burnout? Remember, don't try to do all of these at once. Even small changes can make a big impact over time. I’d love to hear about your progress – feel free to share in the comments below.
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