It’s not always rainbows and sunshine…

Something happened yesterday that I can’t tell you the details of because A. My rule of thumb when blogging is to not post while I’m still upset and B. I know you don’t want to read a whiney teacher post anyways.

Today I don’t like my job. Today I don’t want to do it. Today I feel upset, frustrated, sad, disappointed, and angry when I think about teaching.

I think it’s easy for us to blog about our great moments, our happy times, and it’s becoming easier to blog about the “was sad but now it’s all good” realities of teaching. But sometimes it’s not all rainbows and sunshine.

It was a professional development day in our district today which, even as an unpaid substitute teacher, usually means I’m at a workshop or meeting and learning about teaching. And usually I LOVE it! Today I had planned (and paid!) to go to a conference that I’ve always loved with some lovely teacher friends that I rarely get to see. But last night I decided that I needed a day where I didn’t think about teaching.

So here are some of the things I did on my anti-teaching day:

1. I slept in until 8:45! Just in time for…

2. Watching the men’s Canadian hockey team win the semifinal game against the US… Gold medal match here we come!

3. Then I got caught up on some personal emails I’ve been meaning to answer and never seem to have time for.

4. I went for a run and didn’t worry about mileage, time, pace or anything! That felt so good!

5. I caught an earlier ferry than planned to go visit a good friend for the weekend… Extra time together? So good! Blogging from my “ocean view” window seat? Even better!

So my “anti-teaching day” has been good for my body, mind and soul.

And maybe today I don’t like my job. Maybe I don’t want to do it. Maybe I still feel upset, frustrated, sad, disappointed, and angry when I think about teaching…

But that’s OKAY! And by Monday I will love it again…

Just have to take the ups with the downs (Or the rain with the sunshine) and know that it will get better on the other side… We will see that rainbow eventually!

What are your “go to” ways to deal with disappointment/frustration?

5 thoughts on “It’s not always rainbows and sunshine…

  1. Taking a break and self care seem to be healthy choices when things get frustrating or disappointing.
    Sometimes it gives one time to step back and look at a situation with rested eyes.
    Taking a break gives you time to let go and be calm. Frustration is one of the most difficult of emotions because it usually involves disappointment and things we can’t control. When I feel frustrated I usually have to stop whatever I am doing and go back to it later, if I have to. Sometimes it means saying no about something.
    I can let go and the world just keeps turning…
    Have an awesome, fun weekend!

  2. I always take a little time to be selfish when I’m disappointed or frustrated. Sometimes that means curling up with a book or going for a run when I should probably be doing something else. Sometimes (and I think especially as teachers) we forget to make ourselves a priority – our focus is always on our class – I find it makes me a better teacher when I take care of myself.

  3. I think everyone should be selfish every once in a while and take a “ME” day, especially teachers. I really enjoyed reading about your day and the attitude you had about taking time for yourself. Good for you! When I am frustrated or disappointed I try to go for a long walk, make a coffee date with a girlfriend, or just turn off work for the day and reconvene at a later time.

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