How to keep up your energy
So here we are, four weeks into school. The adrenaline of the first couple of weeks has worn off, the hours have become fixed and we are looking ahead. Teaching is hands down one of the most rewarding professions there is but also one of the most challenging. Working with students all day whether 3 or 18 years old requires a great amount of energy or dedication. So what do you do when your energy starts to flag? Here we have 5 tips to maintain your energy and hopefully your health as we enter autumn.
- Drink lots of water! This may seem fairly obvious but actually talking and moving all day is exercise and having a few sips of water at key points in the day can help to stave off bouts of sleepiness that can occur especially after lunch.
- Pick one day per week where you leave “early”. I’ve put “early” in quote marks here as it will mean something different to everyone, and some schools also have policies where you need to be on site for specific hours. Once a week, though, leave early. Go home. Go to a coffee shop. Go shopping. Go exercise. Walk home instead of taking the train, bus, or tube. Whatever it might be, give yourself time once a week to clear your head, get home in time to enjoy dinner and a full night relaxing (or going to the pub).
- Stick to a good sleep schedule. Again, this may seem fairly obvious but it never hurts to try and implement a routine. Pretty much every teacher I know is up at the crack of dawn so figure out how many hours sleep you need and try to stick to a schedule. There are many apps
- Accept others help. Let’s face it, there’s a bit of control freak in every teacher and this is an essential attribute. Saying that, it’s also ok to ask for help or accept help in whatever form it comes. Perhaps you have a TA who is willing to take the class out to the playground for you giving you three extra minutes to grab a snack and set up your next lesson during recess. Perhaps you have students who love to do jobs for you and will organise the classroom. Or perhaps it’s a new marking policy which allows you to use stamps or stickers. Whatever it might be, accept the help, say thank you and acknowledge that it is ok for you to get help when you spend all day helping others.
- Find a positivity buddy. It is quite often very easy to get bogged down in negativity and this can happen in any workplace. It is also sometimes easier to bond over the negative than the positive. That being said, it is so important to remain positive for your health and well-being and as part of good behaviour management within your classroom. This can be done through avoiding sitting next to the person at lunch who only complains, or writing out three things at the end of each day or week that went well and focusing on those the next time you feel surrounded by negativity.
So there we have it! I hope this helps with those of you are struggling with energy right now. It’s not always easy, but it is always worth it. Well done wherever you are and please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions with us via Twitter, Facebook or on our website!
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