The job of a teacher is one of the most challenging jobs. Not every day is going to be smooth, you might have a rough day, month or even a year! It is a roller coaster ride.
Having burnout is quite normal considering the responsibilities that you take- putting your best efforts into teaching the subject to students, promoting class participation, motivating and encouraging students in various ways such as quoting down motivational quotes for students, rewarding them, giving feedback, etc. However, on some days you need the motivation to keep going.
Many teachers tend to quit this profession because of the burnout they go through every year. The reasons for burnout may vary, however, there are ways to prevent burnout which will help you keep going.
How To Prevent Teacher Burnout
- Prioritize Your Health
Your physical, as well as mental health, should be your priority if you want to prevent burnout. Make sure to sleep enough, exercise and eat healthily. This is because your emotional responses are hugely dependent on how your health is. When you have good health, you have active to seize the day.
- Have Fun In The Class
Who said that classes should be all about lectures and serious conversations? You can have fun with your students too! And, in fact, you should have fun with your students.
Have light conversations, use humour, organize quizzes, incorporate creative teaching methods, etc., to teach your students. This not only makes learning fun for the students but also reduces your stress.
- Self Introspect
Self-introspection helps you with finding out where the problem actually lies. Sometimes, it is not what we think the problem is, it might just be our thought and sometimes, there might be no real problem at all to stress about. Therefore, self-introspection is important. It helps you constantly improve.
- Find People You Can Be Vulnerable With
Pretending things are going well and not sharing it with anybody will not help you, it would rather increase your problem. Therefore, find someone you can be vulnerable with, maybe a colleague. Share about what your problems are and what difficulties you are facing. They might not be able to solve your problem but they would surely help you out with finding solutions to what you are experiencing. What could also be possible is that they might have dealt with a similar situation in their lives and hence, suggest ways to deal with it.
- Simplify Tasks
Make a list of tasks that you have to complete and break them down based on their priority. Decide the time that you want to allocate for each task. This way you will be able to streamline your activities. It helps in reducing stress which leads to burnout.
Instead of focusing on the bigger picture, you should look into the day to day activities you do; focus on the tasks at your hand.
- Learn New Activities
Take time out of lesson planning and focus on other things. If you overwork, you are bound to get burnt out. Therefore, you should take time out for yourself and learn any other activity that interests you.
Burnout directly impacts your productivity. No matter how dedicated you are towards your work, you should not work or pressurize yourself to the verge of getting burnt out. It is a serious issue and therefore, the administration should also look into training the teachers enough and help them in ways that help them prevent it.
CBSE also provides training to the teachers in India to help them out with every problem they face. Teachers can register for it through the CBSE training portal and upskill.