Ignoring Work-Life Balance

I am back! After a long hiatus from teaching and blogging, I finally feel ready to get back on the horse. For those of you who don’t know, I wasn’t keeping well in the last couple of months. I felt mentally exhausted and it lead to a lousy Christmas and lacklustre New Year. You could say I experienced what educators call a teacher’s burnout!

Through this post, I would like to talk a little about how work-life balance is essential for a teacher’s emotional and mental well-being. Most teachers have to juggle reviewing the curriculum, chalking out lesson plans, planning lectures and executing them in class, handling children from all walks of life, helping out in school administration, setting test question papers, correcting test papers, parent-teacher meetings, teacher conferences, and the list goes on and on…And not to mention the responsibility of imparting wisdom on students and inspiring them to improve. That’s a lot to handle, and over a period of time it can drain you mentally.

It is important to strike a work-life balance to flourish in your personal and professional life. Most teachers I know are workaholics and find trouble in allocating time for themselves every week. There is lack of boundaries between professional and personal life as our doors are always open to students in need.When you devote all your time to your profession, there is very little time for your family and friends. And this could lead to unwanted strain in relationships. While I understand whoever enters this profession loves to teach and enjoy talking to students, it doesn’t mean we can’t find couple of hours every week to unwind, and let our hair down. Reading a book, watching a movie, catching up with an old friend, spend quality time with family, indulging in a hobby, etc, is as important as teaching.

I learnt this the hard way. And after seeing some dark days where nothing seemed right, I am glad to say that I am back to doing what I love!