Did you know that 50% of new teachers leave within the first five years?
That was the unfortunate finding from a recent study by the Alliance for Excellent Education. They said, “Teachers leave their profession for a variety of reasons, including inadequate administrative support, isolated working conditions, poor student discipline, low salaries, and a lack of collective teacher influence over schoolwide decisions.”
Obviously a lot of issues are beyond your control, but one thing that can help is to focus on taking care of yourself. Suggestions from the National Education Association include:
- Set healthy boundaries
- Remind yourself that not everything is on you
- Use exercise as an outlet
- Allow yourself to take time off when you feel overwhelmed
If you need additional ideas, here are 10 of our favorite self-care quotes. And remember, put your own oxygen mask on first!