Educating children requires an enormous amount of drive and energy. You might make it look easy to everyone around you, but teaching takes its toll on you. Somehow, every day, you find the strength to get up and keep going.
You can’t pour from an empty jug, so you need to find ways to keep yourself inspired to continue to shape the lives of our future leaders.
Go back to the beginning
When you come home from a tough day in the classroom, you feel like giving it up forever. The job is hard, and you might start thinking that there are less stressful ways to make money. Teaching is a calling. The profession attracted you for a reason.
Go back and find that small flame of desire to teach and inspire children. Keep the core idea of what made you decide to choose the teaching profession at the forefront of your mind as you go about your day.
No one knows the struggles of a teacher like another teacher. Your colleagues at school can offer you the support and guidance you need to keep going when the going gets tough. Many schools have formal structures such as peer learning committees. These are great when it comes to curriculum matters.
When it comes to personal inspiration, a colleague who has become a friend is invaluable. The shared knowledge of what it’s like to be in the trenches allows you to support each other mutually.
Be the change
Have you ever had one of those students who walk right into your heart and takes up permanent residence? This concept is something non-teachers will never understand. How is it possible that you can become so wrapped up in the life of someone else’s child?
Easy, become a teacher! In seeking to ensure such students have the chance at a bright future, you’ll want to help them find post-school or post-graduate education opportunities.
Look beyond the institutions around you and encourage your students to go overseas for education. Be a mentor and provide them a good study abroad guide.
It is character building for them. The satisfaction of seeing these students beating the odds and becoming successful will remind you exactly why you became a teacher in the first place.
Find a healthy work-life balance
Teachers tend to want to change the world around them and the lives of their students all in one day. That’s impossible. You know it, but you still expect it from yourself. That’s why you’re up all hours preparing lessons and grading tests.
You cannot allow these tasks to take over your whole life. Set well-defined boundaries for your work life. Stick to these boundaries to allow yourself time to spend with your family and on doing things that you love.
Get on top of the stress
Stress is a reality in any situation. However, teaching is one of the most stressful jobs in the world. Since we’re individuals, we have different stress triggers. Learning to identify them and address them takes time, but it is very beneficial.
Make use of the resources the education department offers you to access counselors who can help you learn stress management techniques. These may include breathing techniques, meditation, and physical exercise programs.
Make your vacation days count
A teacher’s vacation days are sacred. They offer the teacher the chance to recharge their batteries in preparation for the next semester. Plan activities and outings or trips that will relax and uplift you.
Put all thoughts of school and its challenges out of your mind and live in the moment. Having a complete mental, physical, and emotional break from the job during a vacation allows you to prepare yourself thoroughly for the next term.