Updated January 27, 2017
Child care is a profession filled with joy, inspiration and passion, but sometimes teachers put so much into their position that they experience what is often referred to as “burnout.”
Burnout is when a person becomes so overworked and stressed that they experience a mental or physical breakdown. This often occurs in teachers, child care professionals and other career fields where expectations to perform are unreasonably high. Likewise it can occur in individuals who are extremely driven to succeed and often overcompensate. Teacher burnout is a real thing, claiming the wellbeing of countless teachers and caregivers each and every year. While experiencing workplace stress is difficult to avoid, allowing it to consume you is sometimes difficult and hard to manage.
Most people become teachers and caregivers because of a strong passion and a desire to spark a love of learning in kids.
This passion is often contagious and efficacious, but does not change the amount of stress that comes from being an educator. In fact, according to The National Education Association, teachers will experience stress at least two to four times per day and that stress can often lead to major health problems. This is just one of the reasons to learn about teacher burnout and all that can be done to avoid it.
According to the Center for the Advancement of Mental Health Practices in Schools, there are several causes of teacher burnout. Burnout can be caused by a collection of certain factors or even individual stress. It truly does depend upon the person.
Some causes of teacher burnout may be:
- Caring for challenging students
- Managing behavior in the classroom
- Time management and pressure to perform
- Major changes
- Observations and evaluations
- Challenges with coworkers
- Poor compensation
- Less than ideal working conditions