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Wellness Tips for Educators

A teacher shares some practical habits that have helped stave off burnout

A line of matches on a yellow background - the first 4 matches are burned out, the rest are not.

By Kaela Spruill

July 26, 2021

This month, we are shedding light on BIPOC Mental Health Awareness. As educators, we are constantly pouring into other people; we also need to find time to fill our own cups. 

We often find ourselves struggling to make time for ourselves because we’re caught up in our lengthy to-do lists and the challenges of creating boundaries to separate work life from home life. 

After my first four months of teaching, and teaching throughout the pandemic, I knew something had to change to prevent the feeling of burnout in my work and homelife.

Here are six things that have helped me decrease burnout:

1. Prioritize & Set Boundaries

  • Use a planner to create a list of tasks that need to be completed throughout the workday
  • Do NOT have work email notifications sent to your phone

2. Practice Mindfulness Techniques (you can also try to incorporate some into your classroom)

  • Take deep breaths when stressful situations arise
  • Set aside time each day to journal
  • Notice and appreciate your environment whether in your daily activities or on the car ride to work
  • Do deep stretches or yoga before bed, before work, or with your students!
“As educators, we are constantly pouring into other people; we also need to find time to fill our own cups.”

Kaela Spruill

Teacher, Julius Chambers High School

Charlotte-Piedmont Triad Corps Member 2019

3. Go on dates with friends!

  • Spend quality time with quality people

4. Find a therapist

  • If you have the means to do so, check out the therapists in your area and pay attention to what they specialize in!
  • A good site to find therapists is

5. Take a break from technology and social media

  • As BIPOC, it can be healthy to break away from social media periodically to recharge

6. And finally, my favorite: Invest in an oil diffuser

  • Add candles to create a spa-like experience at home with sounds of John Coltrane


Kaela Spruill (Charlotte-Piedmont Triad '19) is a third-year high school science teacher at Julius Chambers High School in Charlotte, NC. She loves people and all things self-care. After experiencing burnout during her first-year, she decided something needed to change.