I remember when I first qualified as a teacher and my friends discussing their plans to avoid being a teacher-bore. I hadn’t really heard of the phrase before but I was reliably informed that it meant that all you ever talked about was your job. It was essentially the art of being utterly consumed by your role.
I resolved very early in my career that I would avoid the teacher-bore issue at all costs. This can be even more challenging as your career develops as you often find yourself mixing with teachers in your friendship groups. It happens when we meet teacher-friends for social events or meals, the night can descend into a briefing about what has been happening with work.
I decided to make sure I had a hobby, something to do that was not connected to the day job of being a teacher or Headteacher.
Some of my hobbies include inline skating, watching ice hockey and photography. I even did a year on hospital radio as a presenter. That was fun but sometimes a little stressful.
I sometimes talk to teachers and other friends and they some say they don’t really have time for a hobby or anything that is just for themselves. This is where I think things can become difficult for people in this profession, as it is so demanding and expectations are always high. We owe ourselves some down time in order to be able to be at the peak of our performance in our day job.
I am a keen amateur photographer and this helps me wind down and concentrate on something that is not related to being a Headteacher. What do you do to relax and how do you manage to keep a healthy work-life balance?