Obviously, teaching is a consuming profession. I'm fine with that. By nature, I am a work-a-holic anyway, but lately, it's been completely taking over my life and I'm about to have a nervous breakdown. My classes are fine. Everything is running smoothly, and the workload is nowhere near overwhelming. It's everything ELSE that's gotten to me. 've taken on the cheer leading coach position this year, and boy... is that a mistake. It runs from August-March, and has added an extra 2-3 hours onto my work day, plus weekends. For $2/hr. Of course there's also the personal issues with the girls, etc as I'm sure you can imagine. I keep being "recommended" for additional trainings, on top of the normal meetings. I have at least one 2-hour meeting per week, plus these additional trainings and things. I basically live at school, and then come home and all I can think about is what I need to do at school! Last night, I was laying in bed, unable to sleep and thinking of how to create a time line activity for my kids! It's gotten ridiculous. The point of this vent though, is how do people balance a full load, and still come home at night and have enough brain to focus on family and personal life? Obviously, I have a little too much on my plate right now, but I'm stuck there for the time being. I need some coping strategies before I loose it.