Why Self-Care for Teachers?
There’s a lot of talk in the media and political circles these days that teachers need to do more, be more, achieve more. The government invests a lot of resources in the training and ongoing development of teachers, and they expect to see results.
Meanwhile, there is an increasing number of teachers suffering stress-related illness and burnout. Some of these educators struggle through at a reduced capacity, while others leave the profession for good. Either way, something clearly needs to change.
Happy, healthy people are more effective teachers and more productive members of society. Many educators put everyone else’s health and happiness before their own, in the hope of making a difference. However, this is backfiring because the external expectations and demands of the job continue to increase despite the dwindling reserves of teachers.
The plane safety message is all about self-care. Fit your own oxygen mask before helping others. This is what we as teachers need to learn and practise in order for us to go on making a difference long into the future.