It’s the last week of school, and I’m exhausted. Like exhausted-to-the-bone exhausted and I’m not doing well emotionally.
My emotions have been out of whack and my demons have come out to taunt me because I’ve simply not have had the energy to deal with them healthily.
Constant negative thoughts – am I doing the right thing? Am I interesting to talk to or am I only good at talking logistics and planning things? Am I fun to be around or just a bore? – are swirling around my head.
Note, I am okay. This is just a downswing in my mental health. I am sharing this because a) context is important and b) I’ve had some realizations about full-time teaching.
If you have teacher friends, tell them that they are valued. This time of the year is taxing – emotionally, mentally and physically. If they are first years out, they are going to be exhausted. Invite them round for dinner, and some quiet boardgames. Let them know they are valued and important.
If you are a teacher, please, please make sure you schedule some self-care and self-love. Our patience and energy levels may be running out so it’s all the more reason to look after oneself. Make sure that in this season of busyness, you look after yourself.
Because that’s what I’m doing sitting at the beach, in the sun soaking up the sea breeze. In the midst of the crazy, end of year wrap up, I’m setting boundaries and looking after myself. It’s the first step to combatting these insecure, negative thoughts and a step towards a positive mental health this crazy season.