It’s extremely disheartening to read article after article after article of educators dying on the job or from the job yet nothing more is being done to stop this epidemic from continuing.
Teachers are stressed out.
- The amount of unnecessary paperwork for funding and resources that somehow don’t get to the classrooms is ridiculous.
- The amount of pressure for teachers to have excellent test scores when students come to their class behind, moved from another district where the standards were different or new and unprepared teachers in the classroom is ripe for stress.
- The amount of expectations for educators to be more than their job title to students who mock them for holding them accountable and parents who put off responsibility on their shoulders is exhausting.
- The amount of money teachers invest in their classrooms from their own paychecks only to struggle to pay their bills because they want their students to succeed is frustrating.
- The amount of knowledge educators must know to deal with gun violence is scary.
I could go on and on about this but I digress, for the moment.
- Educators are putting in the work.
- Educators are going above and beyond.
- Educators are pushing beyond their limits for a profession they love.
But who’s there for them?
What policies, practices or protocols are being implemented to help educators deal with all the stress they manage on a daily basis?
When I was in the public school classroom, I can tell you there were many days I cried, I literally passed out and times I was intentionally late because I didn’t want to be there. I was tired of dealing with stress. I didn’t know what else to do. I didn’t have or receive guidance on how to not let stress take over my life. I was drowning as a new and young teacher. I eventually left under horrible circumstances from a profession I held near and dear to my heart.
In the years since leaving, I have stayed in education (11 years this year) and have found a way to manage and prevent stress from taking over my life.
It was a long, isolated road as there are practically little to no resources specifically for educators in this matter.
I always wondered why most of the teachers hit up a bar on Fridays during my first year. I soon learned why. It was their way of coping with the stress of the job. It was all they could do from letting the stress overtake all aspects of their life.
After years of watching, listening and hearing educators say they are exhausted, frustrated, stressed out and nothing has been done to assist I started working on a program.
It’s taken me over 2 years to create something simple, useful and effective. But I did it. I created the Detox the B.S. program as a way to provide stress management options to educators. Either they can work alone or in groups. Both virtual and in person options as well.
At the end of the day, I knew I couldn’t sit around and wait for this problem to be solved. I have the skills, knowledge and insight to create a solution for a problem largely being ignored by society.
So I did.
If you are an educator or know one, have them check out the Detox the B.S. (burdening stress) program. The least we can do is provide assistance and resources to the ones who society depends way too heavily on to fix all the problems.