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Position: Former teacher
What is your advice about? Knowing when to jump ship
1: If you are averaging 4 hours sleep a weeknight in order to fit in work then do something about it. Your health is more important than your job.
2: It’s *not* normal to get tearful, angry or have panic attacks no matter what people say. It isn’t something ‘you should put up with’ and it also isn’t ‘part of the job’.
3: Use your support network outside the job. They will realise you are struggling and will offer a shoulder to cry on or help you get things in perspective.
4: Go to your GP and be honest – they have heard it all before. Get referred to counselling and keep a copy of paperwork if signed off.
5: You will in all probability know in your heart if it is time to leave the profession. Have an escape route, use all the support you can and realise you *will* be ok.