January 28, 2021
If you come home each day feeling exhausted, stressed, or even angry, you might be experiencing feelings of burn out.
Overcoming burnout in child care is often challenging because the line of work involves a great deal of emotional investment in relationships. You may also put a lot of pressure on yourself and feel that all of the kids, parents, and fellow educators need you each and every day. And while you surely are a valuable asset to their lives, you'll be even more valuable in a better state of well being.
Read on to learn how to combat feelings of burnout in child care.
A great tip for avoiding burnout is to get your team organized. Administrators and leaders can really help out in this department. As an administrator, set clear expectations for your teachers and prioritize balance.
Set clear shift hours, staff classrooms in pairs or teams, and provide adequate training through mentorship. Teachers can not be appreciated enough, so show off their work to parents.
Make sure to utilize technology to streamline tasks and optimize time management.
You must take care of yourself before you can take care of others! Hopefully, you're not so burnt out that you're still familiar with what self-care looks like.
Take a day to go get a massage or a facial. Spend some time in nature. Go to the park and read your favorite book.
In addition to these self-care necessities, make sure you get enough sleep every night. Engaging in regular exercise or physical activity is a good way to reduce stress. Regular socialization is very healthy, too.
Everybody needs some me-time and to do nice things for themselves on a regular basis. Remember, you are your number one priority!
Taking regular breaks at work may seem counter-productive, especially in today's toxic work culture. But taking regular breaks in the classroom will help you get through the day with less stress and higher productivity. When faced with challenges or a heavy workload, feeling refreshed helps you get through the to-do lists more efficiently.
It's often the time in between trying to solve the problem when solutions arise. So take a break every day to clear your head. If the weather is nice, go for a walk around the building to get some fresh air and some clarity.
Did you know that the United States is the only country amongst the world's wealthiest nations to not offer paid vacation time? If you're lucky enough to get paid time off, use it!
Checking out for a week or a few days at a time is a great way to combat burnout in child care. Don't feel guilty about leaving your post, everyone will be fine without you for a few days. And the benefit when you return; you'll come back refreshed and ready to take on all sorts of challenges!
In order to best provide for those in your care, you'll need to avoid feeling burnt out. Overcoming burnout in child care requires taking time off from work, taking time to yourself, and taking care of yourself first. If you found this article helpful, contact us today to learn more ways we can make your job in childcare easier!
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