Teaching Is Rewarding --> But Also Emotionally Challenging
Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions, but also one of the most demanding. Being a teacher definitely has it highs (some of the best!) but it has the lows, and I have seen the pressures increase since I have been out of the classroom. It's, by far, one of the most emotionally difficult professions. With all the obstacles teachers face today, it is no wonder burnout is high, stress is sometimes unbearable, self-care is a low priority, and just making it through day to day is the norm. Sure, there are great days, and the highest of highs, but often the "day to day" is wearing teachers out and causing health to decline. I remember my days in the classroom vividly...
One of the greatest joys I had being in the elementary classroom was that I was able to share my days with many wonderful kids. We had some amazing times and we became family. There were so many life lessons taught that you don't find in a textbook or written in the curriculum, but I made time for those moments, because they are important. The majority of the days were joyful and I was in my "happy place'. I had a career I loved, colleagues whom I adored, and generally speaking, I was pretty healthy.
With that being said, I look back now and I see how I often struggled to keep it all together... the kids (the ultimate joy of the profession), the paperwork, the political pressures, the administration, taking work home, lesson planning, working weekends in my classroom to prep, and staying positive and upbeat every day... even when that was sometimes the most difficult thing to do. I would often resort to some sort of relief through pain pills, alcohol (after hours of course), and sometimes exercise, but that was a rarity. As a teacher, your "relief" may be different, but I am sure you have one, or a few.
I just always kept going... I loved it, but was wearing myself right down. My career bled into my personal life and caused some displeasure there as well. My health was on the decline, my energy levels were all over the place, and inside I was broken. All of this definitely had an impact on my kids. Maybe it wasn't every day, because there sure were some amazing days, but there was an impact.
I had challenges both personal and professional, but the point is they both bled into each other because I didn't know how to handle it all. I didn't know there were habits I could put into place, tools I could use, and my OWN MIND I could take advantage of... that would have helped me manage life.
I never stopped long enough to quiet myself and just breathe. I never knew how powerful just taking a bit of time daily, completely for yourself, could make such a huge difference. I know, like most teachers, I only had one speed, and that was "go". Every single thing you do and think about is teaching. Heck, teachers hesitate to take a sick day because of all the planning involved in preparing for someone else to take over your class.
Let's face it... for the most part, teachers don't take time for themselves. Taking time to be with family is not taking time for yourself. It's obviously important to have quality time with family, but it's just as (if not more) important to take time for yourself... regularly.
I would always tell my kids that no matter what happens in their life, they can turn it around and make it better. Even if the world (or your career) seems like it is closing in on you, look inside yourself and figure out how you can make it better. The answer is there, but you have to listen. At any moment you can change your thought and proceed differently. Taking care of yourself is only going to make everything in your life better. And I mean everything.
I'm honored to have the opportunity to help and support teachers with strengthening (and changing) their mindset, learning how to incorporate daily self-care habits, and finding a balance in their life. Being healthy, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally, is crucial for teachers. As a teacher, everything you do to positively change your life, effects your kids. The energy you give off every day is picked up by them, and when you can raise your vibrational frequency, you are going to raise theirs as well. It's a win win!
I'm taking my teaching background, knowledge and study of the mind, the power of thoughts and language, and my professional hypnosis training to create a Mindfulness Mastery Class for teachers.
Are you feeling burned out and frustrated?
Do you constantly battle with reacting instead of responding?
Are your lunch times chaotic?
Do you take the stresses of work home with you?
Are your overworked, overwhelmed, and just over it?
I've been waiting for an opportunity to help you and the time has come. I am very excited about this mastery class! I'm so passionate about helping teachers truly enjoy their careers, be healthy, manage the day to day stresses, and not allow outside influences to impact the journey you have with your "kids”.