How to Avoid Burnout
Every instructor I know goes through a period of burn-out, I know I have.
I see it mostly with new teachers. They are so excited to teach that they take on more classes than they can handle. Honestly, I don’t think this is a bad thing. When you are new you need practice and experience. I think the best way to really internalize what you’ve learned is to jump into the fire, use Tapas (burning desire) to learn and grow. As I recently heard from one of our studio owners, sometimes you need to go out of balance to find balance. There are periods of time in all of our lives where we go out of balance for a purpose.
However, it is important to know when, and how, to find balance again.
So how do we avoid burn-out once we start teaching?
Prioritize- Figure out what really matters and put your energy there. We have a limited amount of energy and it is important that we use it wisely. If teaching is really important to you then you might have to give up some other things in your life. That leads me to….
Learn to Say No- This is true for teaching and subbing, but also in all areas of your life. Be reasonable about your abilities, time, and energy. Of course we need to help others and be compassionate by giving of our time but try to do this in ways that recharge you. For example, I volunteer my time in a few different ways. I am giving to others but I actually get so much from it. It feeds me to give to others. On the other hand, a lot of social media doesn’t feed me, it drains me. So I must learn to say no to most social media!
Keep Learning- I find that taking workshops and trainings always recharges me and leaves me feeling inspired. Even when I think I can’t think about yoga for another second, if I take a training I get excited to share my new knowledge or try out that new sequencing idea.
Take a break!- I know this seems obvious, but sometimes we need to hear these things sometimes (I know I do). Take a few days of for a staycation or go stay in a cabin for a night or two. Just a few days away from the studio and yoga with help tremendously.
Mix it Up- I find I can teach the most classes when I am teaching several different things. If I only teach Vinyasa Flow then I get bored, tired, and burnt-out. The most classes I ever taught in one week, on a regular basis, was 21. I was able to do that without burn-out because I was teaching kid’s yoga, adult yoga, fitness, and dance. This helped me to stay excited and fresh.
Burnout is common but please know that you can come back from it and it doesn’t mean that you have lost your love of yoga. Taking a few moments to yourself to reconnect with what it is that you love about yoga can help to re-inspire you and reignite that fire.
For more on how to find inspiration for your teaching come back next week to read Uninspired... feeling blah.
Reach out any time with questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you!