Dear Charles,

It is late in the year, and I am feeling burned out. I have had a rough year, and I cannot wait for it to end. Do you have any suggestions on how to get through to the end of the year and not lose it?

Ms. E

Dear Ms. E

I can assure you pretty much every teacher has been where you are, or they get to that burnout point at some time during the year, especially towards holidays, breaks, and the end of the year.

I have a couple sayings I reference during tough times, including this time of year, to help keep me on track and in the right frame of mind. They are from Hope they help.

“If I’ve learned anything from life, it’s that sometimes, the darkest times can bring us to the brightest places. I’ve learned that the most toxic people can teach us the most important lessons; that our most painful struggles can grant us the most necessary growth; and that the most heartbreaking losses of friendship and love can make room for the most wonderful people. I’ve learned that what seems like a curse in the moment can actually be a blessing, and that what seems like the end of the road is actually just the discovery that we are meant to travel down a different path. I’ve learned that no matter how difficult things seem, there is always hope. And I’ve learned that no matter how powerless we feel or how horrible things seem, we can’t give up. We have to keep going. Even when it’s scary, even when all of our strength seems gone, we have to keep picking ourselves back up and moving forward, because whatever we’re battling in the moment, it will pass, and we will make it through. We’ve made it this far. We can make it through whatever comes next.” –Daniell

Don’t allow your struggle to let you lose hope. Just because things are difficult right now doesn’t mean they will be like this forever. You can and will heal, and whether or not you see it, you’re healing right now. The small steps you take each day may not seem like much, but each day adds up, and before you know it, you’ll have covered more distance than you believed possible. Look back to where you were a year ago. You may not be fully healed, but you certainly aren’t where you once were. You’ve struggled and back tracked and wanted to give up, but you’ve continued to push forward. You’ve made it so far, and despite everything life has thrown at you, you’ve survived. So instead of beating yourself up for not being where you would like to be, take some time today to celebrate where you are. Give yourself credit for growth you’ve achieved, acknowledge the strength it’s taken to get to this place, and have faith that if you keep picking yourself back up, no matter how many times you fall, you will make it. -Daniell Koepke

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