I am focusing on self-care for teachers this summer because every time I talk to fellow teachers I keep hearing the same things:
“I’m burnt out.”
“I’m considering quitting.”
“I can’t do this anymore.”
So much of this is because of systemic issues, things teachers can’t control, but there is so much we can.
When I speak to teachers about challenging classroom behavior the take away most leave with is that we can’t control the behaviors children enter our classrooms with but we can control our reactions to them. Self-care is the same thing. Self-care isn’t going to fix these systemic issues and alone it won’t stop any teachers from leaving a career that is underpaid and overwhelming but for those who stay self-care plays an important role in how we react to the stress.
I know what it’s like to be overwhelmed – I have been at breaking points, and I have clawed my way back to a place where my cup is full and I can fill others.
This summer I will be offering a FREE self-care challenge for teachers. It’s an email series that challenges you to look critically at your strengths and weakness, how you are and aren’t taking care of yourself, and empowers you to change what you can without spreading yourself so thin you break.
This isn’t about bubble baths and manicures, though if that is how you fill your cup no one will judge you, this series is more about self-efficacy and empowerment. I want you all to start the 2019-2020 school year will a full cup and the knowledge to keep it full!