If you’ve ever ridden on a plane before then you know the spiel the stewardesses give you about putting on your oxygen mask first in case of emergency. They tell you that you have to help yourself first. You can’t help anyone if you’re not in good shape and can’t breathe.
I said (wrote) the above to say that at my organization’s regional PD, teachers with perfect attendance were recognized. That’s when I thought to myself that I’ll probably never get a perfect attendance award. For one thing, I believe in using my sick days, or as I like to call them- my mental health days.
If you work in a particularly stressful job (like teaching) as I do, I am totally in support of taking mental health days for… umm, well, your mental health. You have to take care of yourself. If you’re struggling, upset, or burnt out, you are no good to your students. A happy, healthy, and together teacher is of so much more value than a grouchy one. So, remember to put on your oxygen mask first!
Bye for now!