As a "master" teacher, I was asked to offer some ideas about how to take care of yourself so as to avoid "teacher burnout."
It's a real problem because teaching is a very demanding line of work. It's actually an impossible job to do really well, so the name of the game is to figure out how to usefully do it as well as you can.
Here are the ideas I shared at that meeting:
Meet Your Basic Needs:
Good Food, Adequate Sleep, Exercise, Recreation,
Friends and family
Spiritual life, creative pursuits
Bracket Your Work Life (Carpooling Helps)
Decide in advance how many hours you’re willing to put in beyond your contracted hours, and don’t exceed that amount. Don’t ever expect to be ready for work at the beginning of the day. Don’t ever expect to be finished when you leave. If you think you can, you're kidding yourself.
A wise first grader once informed me, “Only God is perfect.”
Since we’re human beings we can be assured that we will bring our (many) imperfections to work with us.
Learn to live with your imperfections. Figure out the help you need and find people to help you. Figure out what you ARE good at, and offer to help others. (In my case I love to make music and I cannot decorate a room. I get help with the latter and am always delighted when asked to help out with the former.)
Perfectionism can be a sneaky enemy that will sap your strength and endurance. Remember, you’re only one person—you can’t do it all. Get well acquainted with what’s “Good Enough” and live with it. You’ll get by.
Like the medical and legal professions, where people speak of “practicing medicine,” and “practicing law,” teaching cannot be mastered, only practiced.
Approached as a practice, teaching becomes a lifelong adventure in getting better and better at what you do for a living and a life. Teaching is a journey, not an arrival.