Unsurprisingly the last two years have left a devastating impact on the teaching profession. Burnout is leading to a crisis in teacher retention. Teachers are leaving the profession in droves, unable to see a way forward with jobs they once had a great passion and drive for.
What Is Burnout? It is a chronic state of stress that builds up over a long period of time. Often experienced by high achievers who love their jobs and continually go that extra mile to give a 110%, working long hours with a desire to excel in their line of work. Sound familiar? It results in detachment, exhaustion, feelings of uselessness, negativity, pessimism, and withdrawal, leading to poor judgment and lack of job satisfaction. Leaving you unable to function properly both in a work situation and your personal life.
Warning Signs Lack of energy, trouble sleeping, emotionally drained, forgetful, loss of enthusiasm, focus and get up and go, feelings of anger. There may be physical signs such as heart palpations, stomach upsets, aches and pains, dizziness, headaches and loss of appetite. You may find it difficult to shake off colds. Eventually resulting in anxiety, depression and leaving a profession you once loved.
We all need to be aware of our mental health and the sooner we seek help, the easier the journey back to full recovery is. Keep an eye on other members of staff and think about introducing Mental Health support and CPD on a regular basis into your school. Check out the posts on our website to find further support.
If you think you are experiencing burnout, seek medical advice. There is also the Teacher helpline where you can get free professional confidential support: https://www.educationsupport.org.uk/get-help/help-for-you/helpline/ Education Support Helpline – 0800 562561