Pace Yourself

Feb 11, 2024

Ever run a marathon? It is my understanding you are supposed to pace yourself so you don’t run out of steam before crossing the finish line. I can’t speak from direct experience, though.  (Personally, I believe running should be reserved for when being chased by a bear – as God intended.)  Whatever the case, pacing is very important – which is something educators need to keep in mind as we make our way towards spring.

Teachers, by nature, I believe you are caregivers – which means you tend to obsess on the well-being of your students.  Although this is normal to some degree, continuous obsession raises stress levels. Lord knows there are never-ending behaviors, problems, and other school issues on which to focus, but if you don’t step away from the concerns, they will consume you, and your well-being will suffer.

So, at the end of each school day and on weekends, find ways to leave work at work.  Obviously, issues need to be addressed, but by routinely taking small breaks, you will be better able to pace yourself and deal well with stressors.  Additionally, resting from time-to-time as you are running your daily rat race will increase the likelihood you will best be able to complete the journey in good emotional and physical health.

I, for one, will be stepping away from my work this evening to root for the Chiefs while watching the Super Bowl.  Although I also like the 49ers, I’m currently Kansas City-bound to work with a district full of Missouri educators.  And I feel certain a win for their home team today will have a direct and positive impact on the climate of our session tomorrow.

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