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You often feel exhausted after a day at work. Managing your workload is a challenge, so it can feel like you don’t have time in your day for self-care.
It might seem counter-intuitive, but research shows that if you can focus on your own wellbeing during a workday, you’ll have more energy to get on top of that workload.
How do you invest in your professional self-care? These activities can help:
Attend professional development programs, especially in areas that interest you or that will give you strategies for managing your workload.
Define clear boundaries with students and staff. This can be as simple as only responding to student enquiries during a set hour of the day.
Engage in regular supervision by consulting a more experienced colleague. This arrangement could be formal or informal.
Join a peer-support network with fellow teachers. Try to keep it focused on constructive reflections and support.
If you often bring work home with you, make sure there is at least one day in your week that is totally work-free.
It looks like you’ve already started using strategies for your professional self-care. This is a great first step in ensuring your professional wellbeing.
Investing in professional self-care activities can help you build energy to face life’s challenges and support those around you when they need it.
Commit to arriving at and leaving work on time each day. If possible, consider starting a carpool and travelling with colleagues, to encourage them to leave on time, too.
Establish clear boundaries at work. Only commit to extracurricular activities you have capacity for, and negotiate additional support with your faculty when you need it.
Set up regular supervision with a more experienced colleague, either through a formal arrangement or just by meeting during lunch breaks on a regular basis to discuss challenges you’re facing at work.
If there isn’t already a peer-support network with fellow teachers, set one up. Try to keep it focused on constructive reflections and support.
Plan ahead for the rest of the term and start thinking about what you want to accomplish next term.
Congratulations! You’re a guru with your work/life balance. Professional self-care is keeping you on top of work, and you probably feel like you’ve got a good handle on things.
To push yourself even further, consider some of the following activities:
Find opportunities for work that is challenging and enjoyable. Set up extracurricular activities that might not already exist, such as a sports team, choir, writing challenge or student peer-support group.
Take the lead on making shared workspaces such as staff rooms more comfortable and welcoming.
Start a peer-support group or supervision sessions with co-workers you know will benefit from a little extra support.