Teaching can be stressful even when teachers are highly motivated by their passion for education, teaching, student development, personal development and other personal reasons. Burnout can occur when teachers are overworked and are under physical, emotional or mental stress and fatigue for prolonged periods of time. All of us feel tired or even exhausted sometimes, but burnout is more than that. It can affect your performance at work, in your personal life and your physical health.
So how do you know if you are burned out? Here are some potential signs to look out for!
This is the Maslach Burnout Inventory to determine where on the scale you are at:
These are some of the symptoms of teacher burnout. So how do you prevent burnout?
- Take some personal time to relax and recharge your batteries!
- Talk with your friends or ask for more help from others and don’t try to do everything on your own by taking on too much.
- Make sure you are sleeping enough or as much as you can squeeze in. Maybe take a nap once in a while.
- Be positive and try to remember all the reasons why you love teaching and chose the profession in the first place.
Hope you find this useful and informative. Take care!
Hi Ed, many thanks for writing such an informative post and giving advice. Investigation of common problem among teachers is a step to its sucessful solving. When I was stressed out I accidentally found the article How to Manage Work Pressure and those tips helped me to overcome permanent worry and stress. I hope I won't face this problem again but will bookmark your tips, just in case.
Hi Leona, thank you for sharing your thoughts and resources with us! I am glad you found this useful.
Thank you for writing this post, Ed. Multitasking definitely burns us out. Apart from "me" time, it's also important to occasionally take "real" breaks from the virtual world. Disconnecting aids mental detox and can help in the longer run.
Nice Tips Given . This will certainly helps teachers to overcome their burnout.
This post has really been informative. Thanks for sharing!!
Thank you for sharing this Ed Vectus - important to acknowledge. I honor you for your courage/ bravery, & for your determination to continue walking the path/way/ track & sharing your insights/lessons as you. As teachers, we need to be aware of the various factors that modify our presentations/act. If we are aware of this, we can urgently implement corrective/ penal measures/evaluates to tackle/stuff this problem. The mix updating student records, end-of-year assessments, inventory of classroom/grade level materials, awards ceremonies, & closing out after-school & extracurricular activities for the year.