A feeling of excitement can turn into being overwhelmed; a discovery made by many new and experienced teachers. Avoid or turn this around with definitions, causes and strategies to recognize, prevent and cope by the American Psychological Association.
“There is no cure for stress, because it is not a disease. Stress is a condition of life itself. It can be a constructive or destructive force, depending on how you manage it. Stress can be the spice of your life or the poison that kills you.” (Author unknown)
The growing willingness to talk about stress, mental health and work-life balance is a major and very welcome societal change. With the pressures of beginning a new and demanding career, you need to able to recognize when you need help and where to find it. Managing your mental well-being is an essential skill for new teachers.
The resources here offer strategies and suggestions for such things as balancing your personal and professional life, ensuring your personal wellness, and developing effective time management strategies. All of these will help you to see stress as “the spice of your life”. After all, stressed spelled backwards is just desserts!
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Multitasking seems like an understatement in the day to day work of a teacher. See this engaging video that can help you better understand teacher stress and how to manage it within our demanding yet exciting careers.
Find out what teacher burnout feels like and how to avoid it and cope with this video by a teacher who talks candidly.
How to foster positivity, create realistic to do lists, accept what you cannot change, learn to relax and leave your teaching at school.
See this article from Education World on managing stress while learning to tap into your inner strength.
Identify the triggers and learn practical strategies with this easily read article, complete with ideas for reducing stress.
With just 20 simple questions, you can determine your ranking and get helpful recommendations. A great place to get a baseline to make improvements.
Being able to recognize your feelings, thoughts and behaviours as well as what to do about it is outlined in this easy to read article. Check it out and set a personalized goal.
A great area for PD! Just register to access information on workshops and professional development on teacher stress-related topics.