Everyone in the world thinks teaching is the easiest job in the world. We just show up and teach and the kids learn and we get summers off. You know that’s not true and that’s why you’re here – looking for ways to reduce stress and manage your emotions.
Teaching is an extremely demanding job. Actually, its the most demanding job I’ve ever had the privilege of doing.
It’s stressful and sometimes all consuming but it can also be incredibly rewarding. It’s in this spirit that I created this website to help you manage some of the most demanding aspects of the job.
- Stressed out because of your current work load?
- Wondering how to manage lesson planning, and grading papers?
- Struggling to keep discipline problems to a minimum?
- Organizationally challenged?
- Wishing you could change careers but think you’re too vested into the system to retire early?
- Looking to leave but have no clue what to do next?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you’ve come to the right place.
Here you’ll get real honest information on how to follow our Seven Step BE HAPPE program.
B – Beware of Burnout. Every single teacher who ever steps foot in the classroom for more than a year or two will eventually Burnout.
E – Emotions drive what we do and how we do it. Learning to manage them will help you remain calm during your most challenge moments in and outside of the classroom.It also means getting professional help when needed to ensure that you don’t turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with stress and burnout .
H – Healthy living is one of the most important component of living an Emotionally Happy Life. It means eating foods that nourish your body and not just fill you up. It also includes getting eight hours of sleep each night, moving your body at least three times a week and maintaining a healthy weight.
A – Avoiding prolong periods of Stress. Your body can only take so much stress and after prolonged periods of being in the trenches you can experience the same symptoms our soldiers experience after returning from war. Google teachers and PTSD and you’ll get over a Million results. They include some of the most heart wrenching stories of teachers who felt like failures after leaving the profession. They didn’t fail – the system failed them.
P – Purpose. Why do you teach? What part of the job makes you the happiest? What’s your motivation to do the work day after day, year after year? Knowing what drives you to do this difficult job gives your clarity and strength to do it with a clear intention to give the best to your students.
P – Prepare for another career when you don’t want to teach anymore. If you had a problem answering the previous questions it just might be time to choose another career. Teaching is intense and can leave even the most dedicated teacher jaded and bitter. During those difficult times it’s important to remember that you deserve to do work that you’re passionate about. If teaching no longer excites you it’s okay to leave. Three in ten (29%) teachers say they are likely to leave the teaching profession to go into some different occupation within the next five years, according to a 2011 survey of teachers by Met Life. You owe it to yourself to do work you’re passionate about and enjoy doing.
E – Enjoy your life! That means prioritizing what’s important to you and your family. It may also mean refusing to do any school related work at home. Teachers are expected to put in additional hours after work. You may rationalize that you have to take work home if you want to stay ahead of the game. In other professions home signals a place of rest where the brain can finally find solace. The teacher’s brain knows the exact opposite. The job never ends – no matter where you are. Teachers grade papers and plan lessons in doctor’s offices, sporting events, and on airplanes. Any moment of free-time is an opportunity to catch up on the never ending paperwork. We advocate a different way of life. One filled with doing things you love during your free time. Yes, the papers need to be graded but what if you found another way to do it? What if you brainstormed with a few colleagues on a wide variety of ways in which to lessen the paperwork? It can be done and our job here is to help you find ways to do just that. We’d also love for you to share your ideas as well.
It’s time for Teachers to learn a different, more efficient, less stressful way of living a happier life in and outside the classroom. One such way is to implement the seven step BE HAPPE program.
Teaching is one of the most demanding professions in the world but it really and truly doesn’t have to be. It’s time to work smarter and not harder.
I’d love for you to sign up for our weekly Newsletter filled with helpful tips on how to reduce stress and manage your emotions. I’ve gathered lots of helpful information while creating this website and look forward to sharing all I know, along with my passion for all things Happe (that’s Emotionally happiness and not just the smiley face Pollyanna kind of nonsense that permeates the media today) with you. My primary intention is to share a variety of tips and techniques to help you – the extremely busy and overworked teacher – live a happier, more well rounded life in and outside of the classroom.