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Friday, January 17, 2014
Don't forget to breath and take time for you.
I know as a new teacher, I wanted things to be perfect and run as smoothly as possible. What a fantasy world to awaken from! I spent, and still spend, more hours at this job than a full and part time career put together. Coming from being self employed, I was used to putting in long hours, but even that was not as stressful. The fact I was only accountable for myself and 2-4 other people made life a bit easier. In this job there are so many variables of possibilities and avenues of variance, planning alone can eat up all of your time if you allow it. Sometimes it can be easy to get caught in the self inflicted spiders trap of work. Having so many things to think about and tasks to manage that you forget you are a human that needs food, rest, and deflation time. Every step reminds you of another thing you wanted to try, a project you could do, an area that needed to be organized, a layout you wanted to try, a promise you had made, an email to send, and on, and on, and on. It piles up. But we must remember that we cannot help others without first taking care of our selves. You have to have at least one day to ourselves, away from the needs of non-family members, and free from the stresses of work.