May I be completely honest with you guys? I am burnt out! I know it has been a while since I have written anything and I’m not at all happy about it. But yeah, I’ve been feeling pretty burnt out! Burning both ends of the candle … grouchy … exhausted … the whole enchilada. UGH! Already? October isn’t even over yet! How can this be? I mean I actually created a live video on my Facebook fan page about this in August reminding educators to take care of themselves during the school year.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black, right?
I should know better because I had a major burn out in the early 1990’s. I know the signs: little sleep, not eating well or exercising much, and okay .. this is harder to admit …. angry. You know the acronym for HALT, yes?
H = hungry A = angry L = lonely T = tired
I’ve been working several part time jobs so I have “free time” during the week to promote my budding business. In one situation, I write all the lesson plans and prepare many materials as well as send home reports to parents several times a week. Of course, I also collect educational observations to monitor progress in order to communicate that with parents. Most of the time I enjoy coming up with fun activities and this is for a very special group of children whom I love dearly but they are also a challenging little group of chickadees! And, oh Miss Molly, this was a particularly difficult week!
Of course, you realize this is in the midst of many other things like running errands, dealing with a dental complication (making it hard to eat), trying to write more books, and working those part time jobs between 7am – 6:30pm daily.
When I feel I’m “too busy” to eat well or exercise, I know this is not a good sign!
Thankfully, this current little blip is nowhere near as bad as that other episode.
Rather than me blabbing on and on about my situation, though, why not use my story as a way to do something good for someone else?
You know “make lemonade out of the lemons” you’ve been handed. Ready? Here is my challenge to you. Actually, I have two different challenges you can choose from.
1). If you are an educator yourself, and, yes, I consider homeschooling educators, how can you take care of yourself right now. You know … like this weekend? What recharges your battery? Do you need time for yourself? (I can hear you guys cheering!) Do you recharge by getting together with friends? How about some shopping therapy? How about a nap? or a nice bubble bath?
2). If your children go to school how can you encourage their teachers? By now the year is underway and everyone is in a routine, and making progress but every teacher can always use support and something to uplift their spirits.
This doesn’t have to be expensive or extravagant. It can be a simple few words of appreciation, or an offer to volunteer in a helpful way, or small gifts. (Flowers, gift cards, homemade crafts or nut free yummies, etc.) When I taught second grade, the parents I appreciated most were the ones who took the time to get to know me as a woman. I’m not talking about baring my soul but I enjoyed when people asked if I had nice plans for the weekend, or about my favorite movies or who (currently) understand my goal at Weight Watchers. It made me feel they respect me as a person with my own life outside of work.
And, hint hint, as you get to know those teachers you can tuck away some great ideas for gifts for the upcoming holidays as well. I don’t ever want anyone to feel I ungrateful for thinking of me but yeah, the gift card to Macy’s was more appreciated than all the chocolates I received last year.
As for me I have put some things in place for myself that I am optimistic will help in the next few weeks and I have some scheduled down time, and FUN events coming up. So, “I’m good,” as the younger generation says and I hope this post, and my honest confession, does some good! I do love my little peeps and I want school to be fun for all of us!