“Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber, and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me.”
- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
1. Educating Teachers on Work-Life Balance
“Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes
the character, caliber, and future of an
individual. If the people remember me as a
good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
2. Whether returning to the classroom from a weekend or a break,
it's essential to make the transition as seamless as possible –
both for teachers and for students.
3. Teachers may use breaks to grow and relax, but
when class is in session, how can they:
• Maintain self-care practices and stay
engaged with work?
• Balance the time demands of students,
parents, and administrators?
• Take care of their physical, emotional,
mental, and spiritual needs?
5. Stamina and energy are essential to being a
teacher. Here are a few tips to keep it up:
• Enjoy a leisurely walk around the block or try
a quick power walk.
• Hit the pool and swim a mean doggie paddle
or backstroke for about 30 minutes.
• Treat yourself to a little sweet hot tub time.
If you get off the track, get back on. It’s okay.
6. It can be tough to stay patient and positive
with the wide variety of challenges teachers
face. It’s nearly impossible if you don’t have
• Build relaxing elements into your evening
• Set a bedtime and stick to it.
• If you miss, regroup and try again.
8. Prayer and meditation are helpful for many
people at many moments. How about you?
• Get your head and heart right for your day.
• Take advantage of inspirational readings
from daily meditation books.
• Mix and match calming activities with quiet
time and the higher power of your
• Reflect on yesterday, set intentions for today.
9. Classroom hopes, expectations, emotions, and
stress can wear down even the best teachers.
• Get up early.
• Give yourself good-for-the-soul solitude and
the precious gift of time.
• Reach out to your friends during the day.
10. Want more suggestions? The list goes on!
• Take pictures of the morning inspirational re-
read excerpts from the image.
• Little things such as a cute little gif or emoji
and a few words can brighten your planning
period or lunch, too.
• Think you're too busy? Think again.
• Take an actual lunch break away from your
desk. Step outside.
• Feel that smile forming on your face! Work
12. It can be challenging to maintain an attitude of
positivity and compassion while teaching, no
matter the ages or abilities of your students.
• Preparation is critical, but reality often throws
off the best laid plans.
• Students can set off emotional triggers,
which can lead to professional burnout.
• Emotional self-care like scheduled therapy
can provide structured support.
• For example, a Saturday session spent
sorting through your week's
accomplishments, mistakes, and in-between
gray areas can often be extremely beneficial.
13. Remember that the ups and downs in your life
impact those around you, too.
• Your significant other, friends, and family are
along for the ride.
• The strain of career, kids, health, and more
can be overwhelming.
• As relationships evolve, couples counseling
and shared reflection opportunities can be
really helpful in working through challenges,
including work/life balance.
15. • Leave work at work as and when possible.
• Reclaim your weekends for a little rest and
• Go out to dinner or coffee.
• Plan date nights a couple of times a month.
• Have fun outside of school! Life happens for
all of us, teachers included.
16. Time to prioritize the well-being of your teachers?
Get started with an employee wellness survey!