How Much Emotional Labor is Too Much?

A couple of years ago I spoke at a conference on The Benefits of Being a Bitch (if you haven’t seen this talk, go check it out!). We got to the Q and A portion of the event and a teacher from the audience asked:

“I feel like I’m barely holding everything together at work while trying to manage a difficult situation between the principal, students and parents. I am stressed and exhausted. I’ve decided to leave the position for my own well-being, but I can’t get over the guilt that everything will fall apart once I’m gone and that will affect the lives of the students I work with. What should I do?”

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