Despite how demanding and challenging the teaching profession is, every teacher must know how to keep going, remain strong, healthy, and happy. Being so is a fine treat for us.
I commend teachers who are happy teaching. Well, I am a teacher myself, so I deliberately know how fortunate teachers are if they have been teaching for years and decades and still look fabulous and charming!
It just means that they love what they are doing. Teaching brings them satisfaction, hence they are happy and so they keep going!
You are lucky to be on this page for I will be sharing a little secret of the most wanted ingredients on how to keep going, remain strong, healthy, and happy.
Amplify your optimism that you can keep going in this profession and you can achieve your goals as an educator of the young. The world awaits us. Because of this thought, I just can’t afford to become a lonely teacher.
Fortunately, there are refreshing tactics that can make us livelier than ever! Put it in the realms of your heart that you are a happy teacher. It promotes your well-being and it makes you become a healthier professional. Keep reading and snatch the way.
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How to Keep Going, Remain Strong, Healthy, and Happy?
5 Refreshing Ways Every Teacher Must Know
1. Teach with passion
Love the teaching profession. Absolutely, you can be happy with what you are doing if you have a passion for doing it.
Passionate teachers aim to promote student achievement through different appropriate teaching pedagogies without getting exhausted. Moreover, a teacher who is passionate displays great enthusiasm in delivering the subject matter and in making lesson presentations interesting.
Teaching with passion means creating meaningful learning experiences for the students. Not surprisingly, teachers who are passionate about their roles are happy and are always excited to work with their young learners. Their love for teaching is manifested by their actions and their happiness is seen in the way they deal with their students.
Being passionate about your work can make you keep going amidst all challenges because you can turn them into great opportunities to create a positive learning environment for the students.
2. Give yourself time to relax and to enjoy
Breathe out stress from time to time. You need it. The manifestation of reducing stress in your daily undertakings swells the need to unwind and to give time to yourself.
I know that as teachers, we’ve been considered as busy people. But then, by balancing our time and our schedule, I know we can still find time for ourselves. It’s loving one’s self after all but it’s not considered selfish. We need to relax at times.
For example, to make amends to myself every week, I always include in my weekly plan an activity for myself, it can be listening to music on the porch, pampering myself in the salon, attending Yoga or Zumba activities, cooking healthy meals, or just a simple walk at the park.
Personally, I give myself enough time to rest and sleep. I really sleep early no matter what. It makes me refreshed and energetic.
By taking time for myself, it gives me more positive vibes to refocus and it energizes my mood. No matter how little, the time and solitude I give to myself help me feel better and act with a calmness in every situation. Hence, it helps me to remain strong amidst the challenges of daily life.
So go ahead, relax, and spend time for yourself. It makes a big difference and it helps you make sound decisions for your life and work. Remember, being alone at some point in our lives isn’t loneliness after all. It’s a way of catching up with our senses and refreshing our minds.
Hence, make yourself your lone company at times.
3. Never be in competition with other teachers
A simple thought: Never compare yourself to others.
To sustain happiness, I never see myself being in competition with colleagues. Doing so can be very emotionally and mentally draining. I just love my own ways but it doesn’t mean I am not open to the suggestions and best practices of anyone. Of course, I am adaptable to insightful ways that can enhance my teaching methods.
But it doesn’t mean that I should feel inferior because someone has better ideas than mine. I know each one of us has unique ways of dealing with things. I embark on this idea so I can be genuinely happy while working with my colleagues in school.
By constantly comparing our lives with others, we are just creating an unhealthy competition that can make us frustrated and sad in the end. According to Theodore Roosevelt, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
Therefore, we should not allow the negative traits of competing and comparing our lives with others because it snatches perfect happiness from us. Get rid of feeling insecure about others’ achievements and successes. Remember, you can be truly happy if you are happy with it too. No faking and no pretending.
Others posting on social media should not make you feel that their lives are better than yours. Don’t make this action steal happiness from your life.
Well, if others have better lives and have been to different places as you see them in their Instagram and FB posts, don’t feel insecure and don’t feel bad about yourself. Just remember, you have your own purpose in this world too!
4. Feel lovely and wear optimism
I just feel good about myself and never let negative emotions steal joy from me. I feel lovely every day as I am always excited to work with my students and impart the knowledge they really need and help them master the life skills they need to become successful.
I am very optimistic that each of my students can do great things through his or her best. The optimism in my character can make my students equally hopeful and confident.
I know that I am playing a big part in the academic lives of my learners and I take it as a great opportunity and I am happy about it. If I know that I really affect success in them it makes me feel even lovelier.
Furthermore, I love teaching so I am optimistic that I can change my students’ lives for the better. My positive outlook and optimism just excite my students which really makes me happy and strong amidst all the demands in this profession.
5. Never expect to be perfect to please others
I am perfectly imperfect and I am not doing things the way they should be just to please everyone. Besides, my imperfections never make me feel less about myself. In fact, these flaws inspire me more to do better in every way and with everybody.
In the classroom, I never expected everything to be perfect either. There are curves and rough scenes but it doesn’t mean I should get frustrated and quit. That’s the cowardice of character for me.
I just do my thing of making my classroom a better place to be. I do it not to impress my superior, the parents, and the students. I do it because it’s my role of creating a positive and healthy environment for the learners.
To get things done the way they should be, I work harder each day but I never do it for perfection. I just do it to serve my students well. It makes me really happy and satisfied seeing my students learning and progressing.
I never buy the idea of being a people-pleaser because for me it’s a way of enlarging my imperfections and regarding myself less. I can never be happy with that. Certainly, always winning everyone’s approval can be very stressful.
6. Manage your stress
When you feel stressed, you should not live your life in resignation. Remember, stress is an all-time challenger to many people. If you can’t manage your stress levels, you feel anxious and you get depressed that you stay pressed for time. It’s never right.
For me, one way of managing stress in the classroom is to consider each day as a big opportunity to become a better person. I always set my breathing space for reflection of what went wrong and what went right. With that, we can at least create more meaningful experiences for our students.
Another way of managing stress each day in the classroom is acceptance. Learning to accept that we are dealing with students from a variety of backgrounds can make us more ready for their individual differences.
7. Learn from your mistakes
Nobody is perfect. It’s a fact that you might not particularly like but it’s the truth. We commit mistakes to keep us reminded that we have to deal with our work in a more eloquent fashion.
We can learn new things from our mistakes. It essentially gives us fine realizations of how to do better. Our mistakes should not make us become dissatisfied with our efforts and worse, with life. That’s a horrible thought of a pessimist.
When we learn from our mistakes, we are patronizing the encouraging options of an optimist. Our mistakes help us view clearly that there are always creative alternatives to working and achieving more.
When things go wrong, just always ask yourself, “What am I doing; why am I doing this?” Then, you will be reminded of your clear-cut goals and best intentions for doing so, hence; you never step back but keep moving forward instead.
8. Take change slowly but surely
Adapt to change positively. For example, a change in the administration should not give you unhappiness but instead should give you the courage to be yourself and extend support.
And if there are things that you need to change in your ways of teaching, always strategize because you can’t achieve change overnight. You need to consider intelligently the consequences and the advantages of your choice.
Making some more dramatic changes in the classroom should also not make abrupt alterations in your students’ routines. Just implement slowly and always consider the value of careful planning.
Remember, if major changes are to be made in the classroom, those little heads will raise and ask why. Well, explain to them and initiate small changes by and by.
Make changes more appropriate to the circumstances in the classroom and in the school as a whole.
In parting, I’d like you to ponder on this thought: ‘happier teachers means happier students.’ Always aim to have impressionable years with your students.
How to keep going, remain strong, healthy, and happy all depends on our decisions. Our actions can either give us happiness or steal it away from us.
As teachers, we all know that we are surrounded by great challenges and expectations from others. To become happier teachers doesn’t require us to always fit into the puzzle of the world. Just being ourselves and knowing the right thing to do can make us happy, healthy, and motivated.
Now, if I missed something to keep us going, remain strong, healthy, and happy, just comment below and I really appreciate your thoughts.