Taking care of your mental health when you work in Education is not easy. Regardless of your title, creating time for balance is hard in this occupation due to many factors. There are not only the pressures of the duties in your role, but also the responsibility of nourishing students in more ways than just the class material.
A good teacher is inspiring the minds of our future communities. They play an instrumental part of the process in caring for our children and young adults. They spend a large amount of time pouring into our students, championing learning, and communicating in administration to better our students experiences. Unfortunately, many of our teachers are becoming burned out, over worked, and over- whelmed in their careers. There are large turn over rates for teachers who are losing their passion and drive for teaching that they once started with. A poor balance of self care and recognition of their impact in our society has many teachers feeling unfulfilled in their careers.
Our educators deserve to feel valued, balanced, and rejuvenated as they do the work in our communities. They deserve to have wellness in their life and in their career so that they feel the true magnitude of their role in our society.
It's not easy to take good care as an educator and we recognize that. Have you ever heard a story about the NEGATIVE impact of a teacher who did not do their job to support, inspire, and nourish the mind of a student? Educators need to be rejuvenated routinely so that they illuminate in their roles.
Being an educator has an impact far beyond anything we truly fathom on the day to day. All educators must take good care of their mental health in order to best serve in their positions.