Wellness Wednesday

November 20, 2019

Burnout-What It Is & Ways to Combat It

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and that means burnout is beginning to set in. Grades are due and it seems as though students and parents are forgetting rules that were established in August and more and more "stuff" seems to pop up. When every day feels like a full moon...you know that a break is nearing. Educators are usually high achievers who like to work hard and are always looking for ways to improve. These traits are commendable but can mean that educators fall prey to perfectionism and don't leave enough time for rest and recuperation. This can lead to "burnout."

BURNOUT: a state of chronic stress that leads to physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism, detachment, and feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment.
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How to Avoid Burnout

To avoid becoming a victim to burnout, educators need to build balance into their lives. One way to do this is by setting clear work boundaries (revisit the Wellness Wednesday from Nov. 13 on Boundaries for tips).

Another way to avoid burnout is to take time off. Reclaim your weekends and remember that a full life includes time for recreation, hobbies, personal relationships, and downtime (revisit the Wellness Wednesday from Nov. 6 on Work-Life Balance for tips). Make sure you have some time every weekend where school is the last thing on your mind. Each year, aim to take a vacation, even if you're staying at home. And take some much-deserved time off to catch up with friends, go on a date, or just hang out without thinking about school. (As a side note, if you're sick, call in sick and take the day off. Don't be a martyr-your students will be fine, so take care of yourself.)

If you are beginning to feel stressed and overwhelmed don't hesitate to take a break and/or talk to someone. Whether it's a colleague, one of us in the Counselor's Suite, or even an outside therapist/counselor. Remember that you are important and you can't be there for your students if you aren't taking care of yourself.

Remember when in doubt...BREATHE!!!
12-minute meditation: Diaphragmatic breathing