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  • Writer's pictureالاء عبدالله ابراهيم النجاشي

Positive Psychology and Academics’ End-of-Year Burnout

The academic year is a journey filled with highs and lows, and as a teacher who has been in the field for a decade, I find the beginning and the end of the year to be the most captivating parts. My motivation during my service has seen its ups and downs, but I'm grateful that it has never faded. This resilience stems from my belief that positivity is a choice, one that requires effort and commitment. Positive psychology has been my anchor, keeping me steady amidst the challenges.



Reflect on your practice as the year ends. This reflection isn't just a casual look back but a deep dive into what worked, what didn't, and how you can improve. Use these insights to craft a plan for the next academic year. Starting with a clear plan can set a positive tone and provide a sense of direction.


As the academic year draws to a close, it's crucial for us as teachers to fully unplug and take a complete break. This isn't just about taking a vacation; it's about disconnecting from everything related to work. Allow yourself the freedom to truly relax, recharge, and rejuvenate. Only then should you allocate a small portion of your vacation to research and growth.



In conclusion, embracing positive psychology can be a game-changer for combating end-of-year burnout. It empowers you to control your emotions, find happiness, and maintain motivation. So, take that much-needed break, reflect, and plan. Here's to ending the year on a high note and starting the next with renewed energy and purpose.

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