“Is it just me, or is the workload increasing every year?!”
“I’m so exhausted!”
“I’m just counting down the days until the holidays…”
I’m sure that most of you who are reading this can attest to either hearing or saying these things (maybe more than once) in your time as an educator.
I have been working in the education sector for 5 years now, however, it didn't take me long to notice the burnout and emotional stress that teachers around me were experiencing. Combine that with an anxious mindset and a Type A personality and you’ve got a pretty dangerous combo! Hands up if you can relate?!
Luckily for you, I’ve spent the past few years experimenting with ways that we can lessen the stress and bring some of that much-needed joy back into our jobs. These have included creating a weekly Mindfulness Club for staff at my school, providing breathing exercises before staff meetings and much more!
I’ve created a list of 6 tips to support you in doing the same.
1. Seek out a mentor (or somebody you can vent to that will listen)
There can be tough times as an educator, and it’s only normal to want to get things off your chest but you want to do this in a supportive environment, where you aren’t worried that it will affect your job.
2. Create work/life boundaries
Maybe you leave work at 4.30pm and put self-care/social life/family life first after that. No emails at home could be another great boundary. Remember that you get to choose what you prioritise.
3. Utlisise the power of the breath and presence
It seems so simple but mindfulness practices have revolutionised my well-being as a teacher. You could put little stickers on your lap top, or on the floor or on the back wall to remind you to breathe and tune in. On the way to the photocopier, you could take deep breaths and notice three things you can hear, smell and see on your way. You could even imagine roots growing down from your feet and into the floor whilst you are in front of the class, as a way of grounding yourself.
4. Separate home and school as much as possible
This might mean that you don’t have work emails on your phone. It might mean that you have separate to-do lists, so that work and home don’t all blend together. It might mean having a shower, or going for a walk as soon as you get home to transition from a state of into doing into being.
5. Ask for support
We are all human and there are times when we can’t conquer things along. It is okay to ask for support, that is what your managers and colleagues are there for. When you are supporting many children all day, it’s important that you are supported too. This may be from a partner, friends, your supervisors or even talking to a professional, such as a counsellor or a coach.
6. Carve out ‘you’ time each day
This might be to read, go for a walk, have a cup of tea or to meditate. I have a free meditation on my website that you can easily download (and I have meditation album coming out soon too- with a BONUS track just for educators!)
If you’re a stressed out teacher and would love some support to simplify your life, I’m here for you. As a coach, I support women to understand the story of their lives, embrace their innate authenticity and take back authorship. Simply follow the link to book a Complimentary Clarity Call and we can get
started on creating a calmer and more fulfilling life!
With love and gratitude,
Life Coach. Teacher. Storyteller.