No Matter What Career I Choose, I’ll Always be a Teacher
I’ve spent the last decade of my life inside the classroom, so I know firsthand that life as an educator provides unique challenges when it comes to taking care of your overall health and wellness. Papers need graded, lessons need planned, and families need to be supported and cared for. There’s seems to be so much time available, yet many teachers find themselves at school working well after the final bell rings (this has certainly been the case for me throughout the last 10 years). Because relationships with students are key, coaching teams, sponsoring clubs, and attending after school events are all part of the job. That is, they’re part of the job if you’re committed to doing the job well and changing as many lives as you can. That’s my mission in life, just as it is for many other educators I know.
A High Stress Environment
Working as an educator is a high stress job full of mental and emotional challenges that can derail even those with the best of intentions. Many times the last thing you want to do after a full day of work is hit the gym on the way home. Exhaustion sets in and instead of lifting weights and eating chicken and veggies you find yourself on the couch, watching TV, eating pizza, and drinking beer. One of these nights won’t kill you, but for most they start to stack on top of each other, ultimately leading to weight gain and energy reduction. Once started, it’s a cycle that’s very hard to break.
The Real Reason That Taking Care of Your Health is Important …
is because our number 1 job as teachers is to INSPIRE OUR STUDENTS! Content knowledge fades. Inspiration can last a lifetime. A question that everyone in our profession needs to be asking is how inspired can our students possibly feel if almost everyone teaching them is out of shape, out of breath, stressed out, bald, fat, broke, [you fill in the blank]. As teachers, we are supposed to be the example, and right now we simply aren’t getting the job done. Currently about 1 in 3 American kids and teens are overweight or obese, a number that has more than tripled from 1971 to 2011.1 My question to you is, which educator do you want to be? Do you want to be an inspiration to others, or someone who talks a good game but doesn’t back it up?
An Added Bonus
If you’ve spent anytime in the classroom at all then you are well aware of this fact: students model your behavior without even realizing it. If you get frustrated easily, they get frustrated easily. If you show up energetic, passionate, and ready to change lives, then their passion, energy, and curiosity for a subject they care nothing about is activated. Work days are so much easier (and lessons go so much smoother) when you have the level of health and vitality necessary to help you power through.
If You Don’t Take Care of Yourself, How Will You Be Able To Take Care of Anyone Else Long-Term?
As teachers, we spend so much time giving to others that many times we forget to take care of ourselves. About 7 years ago I was a perfect example of this. I spent so much time giving, working, teaching, learning, and providing that my health started to deteriorate. I wound up 40 pounds overweight with a body that I certainly wasn’t proud of and I finally decided to take action, coming to the realization that it was ridiculous for me to be abundant mentally, emotionally, and spiritually … but not physically. An alarm went off inside and I finally decided to take control of my body once and for all.
See my transformation here. (View at your own risk!)
The Next Step is Up to You!
If you can relate to the story above, deep down you know that you can’t last much longer living this way. Changes need to be made, and it’s up to you to take action. The good news is you don’t have to do it by yourself!
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