It's finally happened, after 10 years teaching I now find myself at breaking point. For the first time in my career I could not bring myself to go into work. I found myself sitting in my empty classroom and the room just started spinning. That was Friday. I thought relaxing weekend and back to it. Instead I felt on edge, shaky, teary and just couldn't face work. Having realised I need help I went to see my GP who has now signed me off for a few weeks. At this point it feels like I can't face going back so I hope this break from work changes that. I've always said I'm not staying in teaching all my working life as I couldn't see myself maintaining the level of work expected. I am confident that I need to leave teaching soon and will take the time off to update my CV and start applying for not teaching jobs. I am aware that making a big decision like this at the moment may not be the best but I've known since September that as a minimum I wanted to cut my hours down next year or find another job. The only thing still keeping me in the job is the pay and the long holidays - which is not a good reason to stay! I have read lots of similar posts on here over the past few days with lots of great advice being given and just want to put my story out there so it may help others. I will update as things develop. This is a new account as don't want to risk being identified.