As the start of a new term looms it is no surprise that teachers are getting worried and anxious about the term ahead. Teachers are overworked so it is unsurprising that stress levels are high. Anxiety within teachers is a big problem which is probably one of the reasons so many teachers are leaving the profession. Nobody in any profession should get worried about going into work the next day. By following these simple strategies, work anxiety will be a thing of the past.
Stop, pause and think
You may have heard this phrase before. I imagine many have even said this phrase to students but have you ever followed your own advice? Teachers are busy people and sometimes our minds get caught up in the jumble of thoughts. Every now and then take yourself out of this jumble to look at the bigger picture. When concerned or anxious about something you need to do take a minute to stop, pause and think about what you are doing.Taking a step away from your thoughts will help you to see it in a different light and enable you to approach the situation differently.
A teachers work is never done
When I started teaching I wanted to do everything perfectly. I would stay up late to get all my marking done well in advance and then stay up later to put some cosmetic effects on my power-points for the following lessons. I quickly learnt that it is impossible for a teacher to do everything perfectly. Your well-being is just as important as the students. By staying up late you are negatively affecting your teaching performance the next day. You do not expect your students to perform when tired so why are you any different? Find time every week for ‘you time’ and stick to it! If it means that a worksheet is not quite as beautiful as it could have been or a few books are marked later than usual then so be it! You will be much better off for it
Talk to colleagues
I can absolutely guarantee you are not the only one feeling stressed. You do not need to give full blown information about your struggles but by just spending time with someone who you can chat to who understands your issues is a massive help. This is a great way to vent and pick up more coping strategies. If you don’t want to talk to anyone at work try twitter. There are many fantastic educational professionals which you can talk to anonymously. From experience most will message you back extremely quickly.
Swap out that early morning coffee
The coffee machine in the staff room is a must have in pretty much every school. Teachers will flock around it during break times in the hope it will give them the boost they need to get through the day. But did you know coffee has strong links with stress and anxiety? Try changing your coffee for something healthier like a green tea or glass of water. It might not be as good with a biscuit but your body and mind will really appreciate it.
Any strategies that you use that I have missed? Let me know in the comments below 🙂