Is it normal to be exhausted your first year teaching?

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  1. FT2012

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    I'm a first year teacher and I'm constantly tired. Before I started teaching full-time, I would have the energy to do a million things after work. I would go to the gym and run a few miles. Now, all I want to do it so home, relax and maybe grade papers while watching TV. I've noticed I have less energy to do what I use to love. I'm cooking less, working out less and even doing less reading for pleasure, things like that.

    Is this normal your first year? I want to get my energy back.
     
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  3. Go Blue!

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    Yes, that is as normal and common as it gets. I have been teaching for years and I come home exhausted everyday, either physically tired or mentally done.

    I also like to run, but find that I don't have the energy to run after work. So, a few years ago, I started going to the gym in the mornings before work. I have to get up at 4 am, three workdays a week, which adds to my afternoon exhaustion but it ensures that I get my workout in and it gives me a burst of energy in the morning. 4 am workouts are not for everyone, but you might want to try it.

    Good luck in your first year!
     
  4. yellowdaisies

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    I think it is because I can definitely relate!
     
  5. myangel52

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    I am sure of it -- I am in my 5th year solid (6th year total) of teaching, and am still exhausted. :)
     
  6. Ilovesummer

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    YES!!! Your first year is physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. The good news is, it gets easier! Teaching is always tiring - we work hard - but it isn't as completely exhausting after the first year. I've always heard that it takes until about your 3rd year to really find your rhythm as a teacher, and I absolutely found that to be true. I'm now in my 8th year of teaching, and it has flown by, but I remember the challenges of those first few years well. Good luck, and know that what you are experiencing is totally normal!
     
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    Being exhausted is very normal. (I hope). :)
     
  8. Tek

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    You are not alone.

    I have always been more of a homebody than someone who goes out all the time, but since I started teaching full time, I have become a MAJOR homebody. I find myself cherishing my Friday late afternoons as soon as I get off. I just want to head home before 4:30, relax the whole day/night, and use Saturday/Sunday as more rest up days.

    I find myself cancelling a lot of acquaintance hang-outs. Just lost interest in heading out. I know I need to strike a better balance, but after a full week I'm so exhausted I just end up crashing at home.

    Before, I taught part time and had soooo much time to hang out or go places. Heck, I had enough time and energy to travel to Africa!

    But now that I work 40+ hours a week, I just want to stay home in my PJs whenever I can and physically and mentally rest, lol. I just love when Friday comes and the final bell rings. It means I'm "off" and do not need to worry about being "on" for 60 hours or so. It's a great feeling even though I enjoy the in-class moments too :)

    I can't wait for XMas break ;)
     
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    Well I'm not going to pretend I ever worked out or anything, but I'm definitely exhausted.

    I came home today at like 4 or 5 and crashed until just now about 8:30, so yeah, I don't know if I'll be able to sleep at my normal bed time today or not.

    Everyday I wake up at 5:30, get to school by 6:30, rushing around and working and teaching until 2:30, then grading and prepping for the next day in the classroom until 4-5, drive home, eat something, and continue prepping and grading some more until about 10 or 11 every night.

    Then getting up at 5:30 and doing it all over again.

    I definitely need to re-evaluate my system. But it could also just be that this first year is destined to be hard because I need to create/find all of my resources.
     
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    Yes. Even in year 20.
     
  11. DrivingPigeon

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    I don't think it gets much better, either. I'm in my 5th year, and I am always exhausted. I fell asleep last Friday night at 6:15, and I didn't wake up until 4:30 am. :(
     
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    :haha:

    I was all out sleeping in bed by four o'clock today. I woke up around eleven, ate a kinda-sorta supper, and now I'll be up until three in the morning like I've done for the past several days. I don't like this, mind you, but it's where I'm at right now. Year seven.

    On a good note, I have exercised a bit two out of the last three days...in the middle of the night.

    :dizzy:
     
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    It's my first year. When I get home, I have zero drive this year. I don't even choose a show on the TV to watch. I'm usually just sitting there, zoned out, until dinner time. Then I eat dinner and go to sleep.

    One of my 5th graders drew a before and after picture of me. "First Day" was super happy looking. "14th Week" looked like a zombie and didn't even have pupils. They know I'm exhausted!
     
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    Aerobic exercise is your friend. If you can do it each day after work (30-45 minutes) you will get that energy back.
     
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    I am on year 20 and I still have times of the year that I have to nap after school. I have a hard time sleeping this time of year because of the pressures fo testing and staying caught up.
     
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    I think regardless of what year your in it's exhausting. This is year four and I just am sooo tired everyday when I get home. I sleep for about two hours right after school. I wouldn't be able to do anything if I didn't nap. I used to exercise 5 days a week. I'm lucky to fit in 3 days of exercise during the week. Teaching is just so demanding, and it's nonstop from the time the bell rings until they are dismissed.
     
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    School gets out at 2:30. The other day, I got home around 4:00 and laid down. I planned to shut my eyes and rest for a few minutes because I was supposed to have dinner with my parents at 6:00. I had no intentions of actually falling asleep...just wanted to relax on the couch.

    My phone rang at 6:15 and my mom was wondering where I was. When I answered the phone, I was disoriented and honestly thought it was morning and I had overslept for work.

    Anyway--even after year eight, exhaustion still lingers!
     
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    Last year I fell asleep most days on the way home. That's how tired I was. I never seem to get to bed before 9.
     
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    Just woke from a "short" nap 3 hours ago. :lol:

    Year 2 here. Still exhausted! No wonder half of us quit before Year 5. :eek:
     
  20. readingrules12

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    Yes, it is. I felt exhausted my first year.

    If you can find any time to exercise, I do find that helps. I also felt better by adding a daily vitamin and by eating better. I know it isn't easy to find time for exercise and cooking some healthy items, but any time you can spare for these do help a lot.
     
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    Year 12 here, still exhausted, in some ways more so then when I first started teaching. :yawn: I blame it on the fact that I'm older, life is more stressful & since my kids are older, my youngest is in high school & plays sports, I'm always busy.

    I try to get to bed by 9:30 p.m., but that doesn't happen every night. I try to not have places to go more then 1 night a week.

    I need to make myself exercise.
     
  22. applecore

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    Yes.

    Year 4.
     

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