Does this statistic ring true to you?
41% of Senior Leaders & 30% of Teachers reported signs of exhaustion.*
That is a shocking statistic!
The very people that are educating our future are too exhausted to function properly…it isn’t good for them, for the children or for society and something needs to be done to help the situation. If you are a Senior Leader or Teacher you might be hoping that things change soon but making plans for if they don’t.
Here is a short list of our 3 top tips on reducing your exhaustion levels that I hope you find helpful.
Get outside into nature and breath.
Spending time in nature can be a great way to recharge and reduce stress. Nature has a calming effect and can help you disconnect from the demands of teaching. Even a short walk in a nearby park during a break can do wonders for your energy levels and mental well-being.
Drink more water, less caffeine & alcohol
Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining energy levels. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, so make sure to drink enough water throughout the day. While caffeine and alcohol can provide a short-term energy boost, excessive consumption can lead to energy crashes and disrupt your sleep. Aim to limit your caffeine intake and opt for herbal teas or water instead.
Reduce the stress
Reducing stress is crucial for maintaining energy and preventing burnout. Consider implementing stress management techniques such as mindfulness, deep breathing exercises, or yoga. Additionally, setting clear boundaries for work and personal life, prioritising self-care, and seeking support from colleagues or a counsellor can help you better manage stress. But ultimately if you realise that it is your career causing the stress then you need to look at your alternative options and consider leaving Teaching to improve your own mental health.
These tips can help you maintain your energy and well-being as a Teacher, allowing you to be more effective in the classroom and avoid burnout.
If you would like to read about Katherine’s journey from Teacher to Nature Makers Franchisee then click here to read her story.
And if you are considering leaving Teaching and taking on a Franchise like Katherine did with us then you might want to look at the Children's Franchise Website to see all your options too.
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*Teacher Wellbeing Index 2022