Hi work life balance; what work life balance?. I have been teaching 11 years and I teach in a good school. But my workload and stress levels have increase a great deal this year to the point that in the last month a tried to take my own life. I am still having dark thoughts about suicide good a. I just seem to be working all the time I get up at 5am each day in term time and go to bed about 10pm, the longest time when I am not working is the time is takes me to drive to and from work. Lunchtimes I am help pupils with coursework and even have them coming in before and after school. I have no resources, no books and I am unable to photocopy anything because the departmental budget has been reduced at the same time as new schemes are come in; but I am still expected to produce outstanding lessons. My time in the holidays is spent sorting out new resources, marking coursework, marking books and writing reports and preparing lessons. Then we get told that we are coasting and that I need to work harder, so I am going to try giving up sleep.