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What is Teacher Burnout? The Statistics, Symptoms and How to Recover

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​Teacher burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by prolonged stress. It can lead to a decreased ability to function effectively in and out of the classroom.


  • According to a report by education support, 78% of teachers and support staff experience mental health symptoms due to work.

  • A national survey of 1,500 teachers found that more than 40% of respondents had considered leaving the profession within the past year.


  • Chronic fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • Depression or anxiety

  • Loss of interest in work

  • Irritability or frustration

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Physical symptoms such as headaches or stomachaches


  • Rest and relaxation: Prioritize your physical and emotional well-being by getting enough sleep and engaging in activities you enjoy.

  • Support system: Reach out to colleagues, friends, and family members who can provide emotional support.

  • Professional development: Explore opportunities for professional development to refresh your skills and knowledge.

  • Time management: Prioritize your time and set boundaries to avoid overworking yourself.

  • Seek Help: If you are experiencing severe symptoms of burnout, seek help from a therapist or counselor.

  • Step Perks: If you're working with Step Teachers our benefits portal has access to an Online GP,

It's important to note that teacher burnout is a serious issue and it's essential to take steps to prevent it from happening in the first place. This can include things like building a strong support system, setting boundaries, and finding ways to manage stress.

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