Burnout happens in any career, even when you love what you do. All yoga teachers need a break every now and then to feel refreshed and renewed. You can’t really sell people on the perks of yoga if you’re not in the best frame of mind or body yourself. Here are five ways to avoid yoga teacher burnout:
1) Go on a mini vacation:
If given constraints you can’t afford a week-long vacation, opt for a brief respite. Even one day off without commitments can be beneficial. Perhaps you just want to stay home, sleep in and binge on Netflix—and that’s OK! Or maybe there’s a restaurant you’ve been meaning to check out. You don’t have to spend a ton of money. Just don’t do anything related to your business—and leave your guilt at the door.
2) Go on a real vacation:
Travel is nourishing for the body and soul. Travel with a friend or family member to save on costs and for company’s sake. Find a reliable sub and don’t worry too much about your students. They’ll be there when you return.
3) Expand your knowledge:
Find a workshop in your area. While it may sound like work, it can feel like quite the opposite to be on the other side of the teacher-student relationship. You’ll return with new ideas and a renewed sense of enthusiasm. Plus, it can be considered a business expense.
4) Treat yourself:
If taking any time off is not negotiable, carve out some time in your day for some self-care. Listen to relaxing music, take a bath with scented oil, candles, and curl up with good non-yoga book and cup of tea.
Start or end each day with a mindful meditation practice. What are you trying to manifest in your life? What blessings can you reflect on?
Don’t ever forget you are in the business of helping people. By showing up whole and healthy, you can be the best teacher you can be. What are your tricks for dealing with yoga teacher exhaustion?