5 Affirmations for Teachers Who Do Too Much

Our job matters. There's no denying that. What we do, what we say, what we teach... everyday, it matters. But sometimes that burden becomes too much, and we can't stop working and we can't stop worrying. If that sounds familiar, you might be a teacher who does too much. I say this as someone who absolutely does too much myself, and is trying to stop. It's not good for us, and it's not good for our students. I love affirmations as a form of self care and thought I'd put together a list for my fellow teachers who do too much. Try setting one as the background of your phone or saying them to yourself in the morning on your drive to school. You'll be surprised how much calmer they make you feel. You can even download them and print them for free here.


1. Taking care of myself is important and necessary. You can't pour from an empty cup. If we don't take the time to take care of ourselves, we will burn out. And that's not good for ourselves, our families, or our students.

2. My time outside of school is my own. I feel rebellious even typing this, but it's true! Do we all do work outside of school? Absolutely. And I'm not saying we shouldn't. But know that you aren't obligated to do so, and that you have the power to make that choice.

3. My happiness is important. We all want our students to be happy and successful, but our happiness matters too. Remind yourself of that.

4. I choose to set healthy boundaries. I'm working on this myself-- know your boundaries, and stick to them.

5. I am a priority in my own life. You matter just as much as your students do. They are so lucky to have you, but you need to prioritize yourself first. 

Are you a teacher who does too much? How do you find that elusive work-life balance? Don't forget to download the affirmations for free from my Teachers Pay Teachers shop!


  1. For me that Work life balance came from teaching for a company that allowed me to flex my schedule as I needed it. I will pin this and share it with my friends who are still in the traditional classroom. https://www.vipkidteachers.com/?refereeId=3772869&partnerId=6891010

  2. I found this after reading your blog post from TPT about surviving a tough year. That literally brought me to tears. Thank you for sharing this. I’m a sped teacher and this year is almost killing me. I love these affirmations though. I will be using them. Thank you!

  3. I'm so sorry you're going through such a rough time-- I've definitely been there. Saying the words out loud can be really powerful and help you to believe it. I'm rooting for you!

  4. I am not a grade school teacher, but I am an ECE working in daycare. I know I do way too much work on my own time, and spend way too much of my own money on resources. I make felt board stories and buy art supplies and various items for sensory bins. But the weekends that I spend too much time prepping, I go to work feeling unrested, exhausted, and not so patient as I strive to be. I even do our monthly newsletter at home because there just isn't time at work. I would say that half the children we care for have special needs/emotional issues that require extra attention, and a lot of these issues show up at nap time, so we basically just get the cleaning done, with very little time for prep. So I end up prepping circle time, science, math, and art activities at home. TPT helps a lot with that.


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