Stress-Busting Strategies for Teachers: How Do I Manage the Pressures of Teaching?

Stress-Busting Strategies for Teachers: How Do I Manage the Pressures of Teaching?

Stress-Busting Strategies for Teachers: How Do I Manage the Pressures of Teaching?

Stress-Busting Strategies for Teachers: How Do I Manage the Pressures of Teaching?

Synopsis

If stress is weighing you down or you "never have enough time" at school or home, use these stress-busters to regain balance.

Excerpt

If you are like many of our colleagues, you always wanted to be a teacher. Why? Perhaps a teacher played a critical role in your academic success or helped you through a difficult personal time. Many of us were motivated to be a teacher to repay that kindness and enhance the lives of children. We envisioned a career filled with happy students and imagined watching them grow intellectually and emotionally as a result of the environment and instruction we provided. What most of us did not anticipate were the significant challenges and stresses that we would face in our professional and personal lives.

We have all read about good stress and bad stress. Good stress can enhance motivation and help us excel. Stress can help us with challenges related to our interactions with colleagues, parents, and students. Stress may be induced by certain deadlines or duties or may be generally related to the environment and culture of the school. No matter the cause, productive or good stress helps us focus on our goals and stay resilient.

Negative stress, however, is the kind of stress that threatens our well-being. Negative stress is detrimental to our mental and physical health, both of which affect overall wellness and professional performance. You can recognize the tipping point between good stress and bad stress by . . .

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