Teaching is hard work! It is draining, frustrating, and down-right tiring at times. You want to just walk away and be a dog walker…ok, maybe that is just me. After 11 years in education, I can honestly say that I will never leave, and I love my job too much to not ever give it 100% every day. However, there are times that I leave crying, break out in adult acne, and stress eat an entire bag of Lay’s Pickle Chips (all of which are true and occur at least five times a month).
Here’s what I have found to be true:
- The more I give, the more others will take.
- When I am positive, there is always someone negative to knock me down a notch.
- The heavier the load I carry, there are always people carrying less and people carrying more.
- When I don’t think I can give any more of myself, there is always a tiny bit more somewhere.
The question is, “What can I do to help recharge when I feel like giving up?” I have 5 tips for you to help pick you up off the floor when you feel like this.
Tip #1 – Inspirational Box
Do you know those amazing drawings that your school babies give you? Those letters from middle schoolers that make you “ball” like a baby? How about the graduation invitations with a handwritten note about how you never gave up on “that” student? What do you normally do with these keepsakes? I was terrible about placing them in a drawer and then forgetting that they were even there. Then the idea hit me! I keep all my children’s school keepsakes in a storage box. Why not have a special box for my school children too? I found all of these amazing keepsakes, and I started storing them in an Iris 12×12 storage container. Click here to find this product on Amazon. (Affiliate Link) When I feel down or feel like giving up, I brew some coffee, slip on my PJs, grab some tissues, and open the box. It reminds me of my purpose, my passion, and my heart for children. That is enough to help me get dressed and go out in my mission field the next day.
Tip #2 – 3 Hours a Week for ME!
This might sound selfish or downright silly, but I schedule each week 3 hours of ME time. I might go for a walk for an hour on Tuesday during soccer practice, an hour for a pedicure on Saturday, or soak in the tub with Netflix streaming on Thursday, but I always try to give myself 3 hours to relax and do something MINDLESS! That’s right! No thinking! Play music in the background or enjoy the silence, but don’t think about school! You HAVE to take time for yourself in order to recharge your own battery. Stress can do some insane things to your body physically!
Tip #3 – Must Leave Time
There is always so much to do! If you look around your school desk, you could find a
100 1,000 things waiting on you. I honestly believe that teachers could work a full 24 hours every single day and still find something they should have done differently or extra. It’s just in our nature! Set a must leave time for you each day. It might not be the same time each day. Look at your week and see what is going to work for you and your family. My must leave-by time is 4:30 during soccer and baseball season. I can stay later in the winter months, but I have a set time each day so that I know I have time to cook supper, help my children with homework, read books with my kiddos, and enjoy a little time with my husband. I created an entire video on how to best determine your must leave-by time in my FREE private FB group, Keeping Up with All Learners. If you want to watch it, click here to join the group.
Tip #4 – Surround Yourself with Inspiration
Create a work environment that inspires you! Surround your desk and work area with inspirational quotes, pictures, or even a dream board. I try to mix my displays with inspirational quotes and scripture around my desk. I also have pictures of my family around my office/room to remind me to keep them as my focus while I am away from them.
Comparison is a dangerous thing! Sometimes it can feel like everyone is five steps ahead of you. Stop looking at others! Organization and planning are key for teachers. Be sure you have the supplies that you need to be successful, and stay a step ahead of where you need to be. It isn’t a secret that I am a total planner nerd. I love lists, desk calendars, planners, desktop computer organizers and more! You need to find the planner tools that are going to work best for you! Erin Condren has a ton of awesome supplies. Click here to receive a $10 off coupon off your first purchase.
Whatever you find that works for you, do your best to stay positive! There’s enough negativity in education! We don’t need you to convert too! Stay recharged! Stay inspired! And stay true to yourself and your passion!