5 Ways Teachers Can Beat Stress
Feeling stressed? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. In recent news, it’s been found that teachers across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales have been struggling too. And with the workload that comes with being a teacher and the long hours both in the classroom and at home, there’s no wonder. With that in mind, here are 5 stress-busting tips for teachers.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
Do you ever find yourself rushing about on the morning to get everything done? To avoid any last-minute rushes, try setting your alarm 15-30 minutes earlier than what you usually would. Although it means waking up and getting out of bed sooner, you’ll find that you have more time to get ready, prepare for the day and make sure that you have everything you need with you. You might also be able to squeeze in an extra cup of tea or coffee to give yourself a morning pick-me-up.
Get Outside as Often as You Can
There’s no wonder so many teachers often find themselves trapped in the classroom. Even when they’re not in there teaching, they often end up bringing work home and turning their living room into a place to finish marking. Whenever you get chance, step outside into the fresh air, it’ll give you a little boost and make you feel better. Take advantage of breaks and lunchtimes then spend 10 minutes outside when the students leave. Not only this, but during holidays and term time, why not take yourself out of your usual environment? Read our blogs on what to do in London and places to visit near London for some inspiration.
Keep a Note of Anything Positive
When you’re feeling stressed, it can be easy to pick up on negatives. In fact, it may often feel like they’re left, right and centre. So, when something positive happens, make a note of it. Many teachers enjoy keeping a journal of joy as it gives them something to look back on and remember all of the happy times. No matter how small or how big the positive something is, it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you remember the positive things in life!
Drink Right, Eat Right
Putting what’s classed as the right stuff into your body should reduce your levels of stress. The diet you choose can affect your mood, and it’s widely recognised that certain foods can decrease stress levels. Make sure you’re getting all of the nutrients you need and eating plenty of carbohydrates to give you the energy needed to see the day through. What’s more, by keeping yourself hydrated with water, your body will be performing at a higher level.
Take Time to Recharge Your Batteries
Sometimes when you need to unwind what you’ve got to do is unplug. Take away the smart phone, tablet and TV and you get to really on focus on yourself. Simply switch the devices off an hour before bed and find a way to relax your mind, body and soul. Whether you choose to read a book in the bath or practise the art of yoga, set your do not disturb signs on.
The advice above has been provided in order to help improve teacher wellbeing. Thanks to this, there’s many life and career benefits that you should experience, including a more relaxed outlook on life and improved bonds between teachers and students.