Being an early childhood educator can be one of the most rewarding yet demanding careers for a person to have. While you get to make a big impact in the lives of young children, it comes at the cost of long, busy days for little pay and often a lack of appreciation for how important your job really is.
These factors can all contribute to one of the biggest problems that the child care world faces: burnout.
The World Health Organization defines burnout as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”
With no downtime like a traditional office job has, “chronic workplace stress” is unavoidable for ECEs; however, what can be controlled is how we manage this stress.
Self-care is the most important thing for ECEs to prioritize in order to survive — and enjoy — their careers. When you spend your days caring for others, it can be easy to forget about yourself. But make no mistake: if you don’t care for yourself, you won’t be able to present the best version of yourself to fully care for your students to the best of your ability.
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