I've been a teacher for almost a decade now. I taught kindergarten and first-grade for the past seven years. This past year, I experienced burnout, so I decided to take time away from being a classroom teacher.
My burnout was due to many reasons. These include changes in policies at my school, increased student social-emotional challenges, lack of opportunities to advance and grow, and more.
During the final months of last school year, I had to find ways to stay afloat. That's when I finally took notice of my lack of self-care, which may have contributed to my burnout all along.
Here are some things I decided to focus on:
Remember that if you're going through burnout at your job (even if you're not a teacher), you're not alone. Work can be frustrating, and it is easy to feel under-appreciated. I know I needed a new challenge, and having taught for seven years, I started to feel like I had outgrown the initial exciting challenges of being a teacher. I'm ready for something new, but I'm also now aware of what self-care I need to be successful in any job moving forward.