Dear all who may have advice.
I returned to teaching (Head of dept) in September but with very little support and with teaching a practical subject, I was signed off after only eight weeks with exhaustion. My union helped me to organise better support (a couple of cleaners help me tidy, I have gone part time and I have rest time whilst others take a tutor group),
However, even with part time hours 0.6 and some rest I am exhausted. Deeply exhausted. After only one week? I also had my plegridy this weekend so have flu. Arrrrrgh.
I truly love teaching and need the money, and I am not stressed, however, you need good adrenaline to entertain 32 teenagers. After one lesson my symptoms increase. After two lessons I can’t feel my legs and after three lessons I feel as though I have been punched in the face. I can’t seem to recover in the evening.
Have other people struggled similarly? Do others work and just put up with increasing symptoms. It is though I can’t recover. Shall I try to apply for early retirement or just struggle on?
any advice welcome.