I am a first year teacher in Oakland, California.
Man, do I remember having to write out my first unit...it was daunting. Hang in there. I just kept telling myself, "I can do this...I will do this...It will be finished."
I also had a lot of support with ds, as we were living with my parents at the time of getting my teaching certification. Do have you any support? Partner, family, friends, etc?
Now I am a 1st year teacher in a high needs school with VERY little support (my family now lives 6 hours away).
The first few weeks were miserable and I had a hard time remembering why the hell I wanted to be a teacher. I have 23 1st graders and 17 of those 1st graders are boys!
What helped me was to have a very solid classroom/behavior management plan with a lot of consistency. I worked very hard, in collaboration with my amazing principal, on setting up my management plan. Since implementing that plan, life is getting significantly easier and a lot more fun.
Ask to observe other, more experienced, teachers. I have had the opportunity to observe a couple of AMAZING teachers, who have given me some wonderful ideas and supportive advice.
Make sleep a priority. I ALWAYS stop what I am doing at 9:45, pleasure read for 15 minutes (I cannot sleep very well if I do not redirect my mind from work) and make sure I turn out the light no later than 10:15 (I have a hard time setting down my book right now
As someone else said, "Remember, the work will be there tomorrow." This has been a hard one for me, as I always like to have everything finished each day. But, with teaching...it is not always possible. Once I started getting in to the mind frame of..."it's not going anywhere," I found I was a lot more productive and had a healthy frame of mind when approaching the work.
One final thing, as I feel like I am writing a bloody book...try not to plan everyday. Make time once a week to, at least, get a good foundation of what you will be teaching each day. I cannot imagine the stress and anxiety of planning everyday. Personally, it would knock me out.
Hang in there...it does get easier and so much more fun!