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Teaching is definitely not a 9-to-5 job, it’s a lot more stressful than some people acknowledge. The truth of the matter is there’s loads of pressure, especially during this time of year where we’re close to hitting the mid-year mark. Let’s face it, we all have a couple of friends who jest about our extended holidays and don’t understand the complexities and strains of being in this profession. Forget about what they say. It’s not unprofessional to enjoy the holidays, have a life away from school and dedicate time to yourself – quite the contrary. Having a ‘work-life’ balance should be your ultimate goal. It’s a game-changer. So for all those teachers who have started the new year and are already feeling exhausted – this blog post is dedicated to you.

Dedicate time to you

Don’t feel guilty when you take the time to take care of yourself, unwind, detach yourself from your day-to-day school environment and just focus on doing the things you love. This time is actually a great investment. You need your own time to be able to give your students the best version of yourself and you won’t be able to keep the inspiration going if you’re dead tired, uninspired and have lost your creative flair.

Be healthy

As well as having a duty to nurture students, teachers also need to look after themselves. Be healthy. Prepare a nutritious packed lunch full of leafy greens and foods which will give you natural energy. Get your 8 hours of sleep. Think about it. How can you inspire young minds when you’re surviving on a miserable couple of hours of rest? Exercise and take time to get in touch with your true self. Dedicate time to your own personal development; travel and meeting other educators. Networking with people who also have a passion for learning will be super fun! Your personal time is your happy space, a time for you to re-charge.

You’re making a difference

Make it a point to remind yourself that you matter. Your contribution is priceless. You’re entrusted to nurture and transform young minds into individuals who can really make the world a better place. Be as healthy and happy as you possibly can be. You’ll find yourself automatically transmitting loads of positive energy in your classroom.

Happy 21st-century teaching!