Sometimes as teachers we need to remind ourselves: there is life outside of class. It is extremely important to have SOMETHING away from students, from school, and from teaching that will help you maintain your sense of self. Self care is a real necessity for teachers…
Let me start again: It’s been a rough week.
Mind you, I love my job and I love my students… mostly. I know that my student’s lives can be complicated, and they will bring some of that baggage into the class. Life happens, and life is sometimes messy. As teachers, we don’t really have the option of bringing our life’s complications into the class.
I have the luxury most days of not needing to take my work home with me. By the time I get home, I can pursue my non-teacherly pursuits. I have a lot of things that I do to maintain my version of sanity. I alternate between reading about math/science, science-fiction, and horror. I own an incredible collection of morally bankrupt video games. I hang out in funky coffee shops and write a tongue-in-cheek teaching blog. I engage in different flights of imagination, dependent on the group of friends I am hanging out with. I have a fine collection of angst-ridden music.
And I run. I don’t run very fast, but I run pretty far. For me, there is nothing that beats a 5+ mile runners high after a stressful day.
So, yeah. This it what it takes to keep me sane-ish.
Teachers: take care of yourself, you are worth it. Students: I love you. You are worth it too. Mostly.