Let’s talk about fatigue. Because teachers – with their passion, their love for their students, their desire to give their all and be all they can – burn. We ignite ourselves, ignoring the dangers of spontaneous combustion in the hope that others will benefit from our heat. But here’s the thing: We don’t have much heat to give. And before you know it, we’ll just be a pile of ashes.
We can’t live up to normal standards right now because life isn’t normal.
Somehow people seem to forget that we are still in a global crisis. Of course, we adapted, persevered, and accepted that constant uncertainty is our new “normal”. However, we are in a state of disorganization. We are not at our best and neither are our students. We should accept and expect imperfection rather than subjecting ourselves (and holding) ourselves to unreasonably high standards, especially when the world is on fire.
You don’t have to give up your sanity to support the rationality of those around us.
As natural caregivers, teachers are people who listen and give advice sympathy and sympathy. Our students, of course, come to us when they need help, as do our friends, colleagues, and family members. But many of us are beginning to wonder: How much can we give? How much heat can we spread if we are not feeding?
You deserve a break.
Convenience is not something to be won. You don’t have to finish teaching those texts or plan your weekly lessons to get a break. You deserve rest. Because everyone deserves rest. If you need a physical and mental break, take it. Take a day off, put off that homework estimate, and accept the Google lesson plan. By giving yourself space and time to breathe, you won’t be stopping your students from learning and growing.
We need to take care of our teachers before they all burn out!
Your stress affects your students.
Are we able to hide a large part of the negative, overwhelming and worrying feelings we feel on a daily basis? naturally. We all know that many aspects of teaching are just window dressing. But if you’re not at your best mentally and emotionally, your students will feel it and suffer the consequences. Students—regardless of age—experience childhood in ways we can’t fully comprehend, and we’re doing them a disservice by pushing ourselves over the edge.
Officials can’t keep asking teachers to do more.
We can do it, but for how long? How long can we keep this fire burning to spread warmth to everyone and everything around us? And once we’re completely burned out, how many people will follow our path?
We are told to be the tree of giving, to sacrifice everything we have to make others happy, to overcome our stress to provide energy for others, and to ignore our own needs so that the needs of others can be satisfied.
We all know that whatever we do, we do it for the kids. By all means, keep doing it for the kids. Because, in a way, it is this gesture that motivates us to keep going, which ignites our passion as educators. So of course, we’re probably all on fire now, one way or another. But we can never continue to fan the flames for the sole benefit of the people around us.
Because when you burn to other people, you can’t keep them warm any longer before you burn out, and everyone – including you – catches a cold.
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