One of the hardest things about teaching is maintaining a healthy work-life balance. It’s so easy to get so consumed with grading, lesson planning, acquiring materials, making phone calls, updating documents, and so much more than you forget to take care of yourself and spend time with those you care about. I struggled so much my first year trying to maintain this sort of balance that it felt overwhelming. To be honest, it still is sometimes.
When we don’t spend time for ourselves or taking care of ourselves, it begins to trickle into other areas of our life. Our health begins to suffer, we become more irritable than usual, and more overwhelmed because it seems that all we do is work, work, work, work, work.
As I continue to grow in this area myself, I figured I’d share some helpful tricks I’ve learned for maintaining a healthy work-life balance as a teacher.