Can you share ANY tips with a novice teacher about how you stay positive, motivated and happy to go into work day after day despite challenges that may arise?
At lunch time,don’t work. Do something just for you. Stay organized so that YOU make your life easier. This is my 27th year and it IS tough to be there some days. But your students are not to blame for anything you’re feeling. Adults are. So try try try to focus on them. What I’m doing this year – taking a magazine to lunch off campus and getting a break from that place. Also, I use lavender oil to help calm myself down. It’s the most draining/rewarding job in the world.
There are some great suggestions in other posts. Hang in there! The kiddos need you😊
SELF- CARE! Take care of yourself and your mental health so you can take care of others. On a prep/ break or when you are not with students, always take 5 or 10 minutes to yourself to debrief. Sometimes I go outside and walk around and breathe the fresh air. It’s incredible! Or, I turn off the lights and sit and just breathe or close my eyes. Sometimes I even play meditative music and mediate. I’m always prone to get as many things done as I can when I am not with my students. I literally find myself jogging around school to get everything done. But, if I take a few minutes for me, my whole mind set changes, I feel refreshed and recharged. *Remember, you have to take care of yourself before you take care of others!*