Feeling Burnt Out? Tips from Teachers on Practicing Self-Care

Teachers, we know that in response to school closures, you’ve been working harder than ever to learn new technologies, communicate with parents and students, and remake your entire curriculum — all in a matter of weeks. With so much going on, it’s more important than ever to carve out time for self-care (even when it seems impossible). If you’ve been feeling stretched too thin or completely burnt out, here’s some advice for self-care and words of encouragement from other teachers in the TpT community to replenish your cup. 

Practice giving yourself grace.

“One of my favorite sayings is: ‘Guilt is only legitimate when you have done something wrong.’ Don’t feel guilty for not being able to do ALL the things during this time. Practice setting boundaries, letting go, and feeling at peace with your decisions!” — Edukate And Inspire

“For educators who are feeling stretched thin and burned out, I would recommend giving yourself grace. This is an unprecedented time and you are doing the best you can. Try not to worry about your lack of technology skills or digital resources. Instead, focus on showing up for your students and being a consistent, positive presence in their lives during this time of uncertainty.” — Bright Futures Counseling

“You don’t have to do it all and be it all for your students. Setting boundaries for yourself will allow you to do more in the long run and not burn out.” — Natalie Lynn Kindergarten

Celebrate the small things.

“Take notice of all the new skills you are learning when it comes to distance learning — you are amazing!” — StudentSavvy

“Everything feels heavy right now. I’ve been taking time each day to notice #SmallJoys in my day — from kid mail to a tree blooming to perfectly-timed couch naps. These #SmallJoys make my world feel a little lighter. (I have a collection of #SmallJoys of mine saved on my Instagram stories. If you need a smile, “meet” Julie, my new Jade plant, or see the best set of notepads ever.) — Catherine Reed The Brown Bag Teacher

Take a break.

“Schedule in time for yourself. It may take some reworking of your schedule, but it’s SO important to create boundaries since work and home are the same place.” — Allie Szczecinski With Miss Behavior

“Stop spending too much time on the computer, and do something that feeds your soul. There are several factors completely out of our control: just do your best, and then let go of the rest.” — Forkin4th

“Don’t be afraid to take a break and do something you enjoy, work will always be there.” — My Day In K

Maintain a routine.

“With distance learning in full swing, one small way I practice self-care is simply getting up, getting showered, and getting dressed. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but it is so easy to just want to hang around in PJs or sweats all day long. Getting ready for the day, makes me ready to take on the world. It gives me a sense of calm and makes me feel good.”
Carol Miller the Middle School Counselor