It’s nearly impossible for us to avoid stress altogether in our lives, but there are steps you can take to manage it so that you can avoid the dreaded burnout to which stress can make us susceptible. As you likely near the end this term, it seems a good time to share a post we previously published in hopes that it will help you again now. In this post, we shared ten ideas to help you maintain your balance and avoid burning out. By being intentional about taking these self-care steps, you can raise the likelihood of facing all that’s ahead of you with a more relaxed frame of mind.
In addition to these tips, there are also steps you can take to ensure that your professional life continues to yield positive feelings and that your students stay “fired up” for their own success. In this recorded Webinar, Fired Up or Burned Out? Teaching Strategies to Help First-Year Seminar Instructors Rekindle Their Enthusiasm, Dr. Constance Staley shares insights and information about the sources and symptoms of burnout, and she provides advice about how to prevent burnout. She also discusses how instructors can get re-energized about teaching, and shares recommendations and activities to put into practice to get “fired up” and to keep your students engaged as well (skip to the two-minute mark to get right into the presentation).
What gets you “fired up” and energized about teaching? How do you maintain your balance so you can enjoy more of those positive feelings? Share your response in the comments section below.