Educators enter this field with eyes wide open that the pay is low and the work hours are long. Most teachers also understand that educating students will take all the love, attention, and energy one can spare. Education is a calling because, despite all these things, teachers do it anyway.
While educators are incredibly giving towards their students, educators don't treat themselves with the same level of care. Overwork is a badge of honor that many of us wear proudly. Teachers tend to equate the number of hours we put in as a measure of our (and our peer's) dedication to our students. It is important to practice self-compassion and self-care.
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