Teacher Wellbeing & Self Care

How do you “turn off” your teacher brain at the end of the day? I’m having a hard time disconnecting from the stress of the day and all of the issues I run into with students, parents, etc.

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I can’t turn off teacher mode but I take the drive home to relax and start thinking about home stuff. My family is also great about reminding me and helping me be more new and less teacher when I’m not at work

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I started with leaving my work at work. It’s not the end of the world if a spelling test gets graded on Friday or Monday. It’s ok. Also, exercise makes a world of difference. Going to the gym or going to a class or going on a walk helps me destress every time!

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Agreed. Set a reasonable number of tasks for yourself to complete that day and then leave the work at school. Use your commute or a block to exercise after that to turn your focus to yourself and home.

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Definitely leave work at work. Use the drive home to think about the day and what went well or what went wrong. Get it out of your system. When something pops into your head at home remind yourself that work stays at work and redirect your thoughts somewhere else. I'm sure it's similar to meditating, but it's taken practice for me to get to a point where I'm not constantly stressing about work when I'm home.

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I make sure not to answer any emails after 4:30 pm, my family deserves my undivided attention. I also love to read.

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I’ve always had difficulty with leaving work at work. My hubby would consistently say, “You are not at work and I am not one of your students.” I guess I bring the teacher voice and look home as well. I’m learning. I agree with others who have stated that having outside interests or hobbies to look forward to or complete upon arrival at home may help. Teaching is my passion and I’m exhausted when I get home. There is cooking and housework waiting of which neither do I look forward too.

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Adult time breaks...I am on a mid-week bowling league. Otherwise...bath or me time at 7pm...school brain break.

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I listen to classical music because you don’t have to remember words it’s a no brainer for me any way lol. Another thing is get some exercise .

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I listen to classical music

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Podcasts or something to engage my brain on the drive home are a lifesaver. I’ve also set a strict schedule for my hobbies for the weekdays so that I always have something to look forward to at the end of the day and structure to make sure I leave work at work.

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