Post # 1
I work as an Educational Assistant with special needs students and emotionally traumatized or struggling teens. I love all my students, and we have a lot of fun together. I teach them one-on-one and plan activities. However, it can be incredibly emotionally draining. I wanted to see if anyone out there has a similarly demanding job and what they do to keep themselves feeling balanced?
For myself, I dance! I spend hours a week doing up-beat swing-dancing! It gets any pent up emotion out there, and I have a lot of fun in the process and meet great people. (and hot baths help too 🙂
What do you do?
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
I work with teens and I remind myself that as much as we want them to be adults, they are not and cannot be expected to act like mature people all the time. That has eased my frustrations.The ol’ lack of frontal lobe development.
I also hit up happy hour every Friday. That does the trick pretty well.
Post # 4
I work with children diagnosed with autism end have been in the field for over 7 years. A lot of my co-workers note the high stress; however, I love knowing that what I do is making a difference. As corny as that is, I can’t imagine working somewhere that didn’t better the lives of others.
However, I have learned not to hate things personally and to not take my work home. Even taking home concrete work (like reports or emails) leads to me taking home the stress and emotion. It’s important to have a life outside of work. Actually, I think it is imperative for your happiness
Post # 5
@Krpink: I definitely agree. I work with younger students, most with Autism, but learning not to take it personally has made a huge difference.
@lealorali: Ah yes… Happy Hour… margaritas at the waterfront on these warm spring days have done wonders!
The most difficult thing for me is that I feel like my class is always on the edge of a meltdown and I am bringing the kids back over and over. I manage it well, but it is very stressful and outright draining-phyically and mentally. It’s definitely not a job that anyone could do! Like you and others have said, I think it comes down to giving yourself a mental break.
Post # 6
Oh yes, and cheesy TV shows help: Glee, The Vampire Diaries, the Mentalist, Once Upon a Time! It’s great for winding down after a tough day of work. I also work with kids with autism and it’s very challenging, but on the upside, there is never a dull day!