Why self-compassion is important for teachers

Teaching is, in its essence, a caregiving profession. We all have that one teacher who inspired us to aim higher, choose a certain career path, or simply discover our passions. This role comes with many satisfactions, but also the pressure to hold yourself to a higher standard.

The responsibilities of teachers only increased during the pandemic as remote class management came with its own hurdles. On top of this, teachers had had to show compassion for students and parents — often without expecting the same treatment.

That’s why it’s so easy to think of teachers as selfless people that give it all for future generations. However, where does that leave them?

Educators are taught to do many things, but their education is usually lacking in addressing the emotional problems of being a teacher. One of these aspects is self-compassion.

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