This month, the Samaritans launch their annual ‘Talk to us’ campaign. This is to highlight the importance of good mental health and encourages people to speak out who are struggling. Teaching can be a demanding job, especially during the recent pandemic. Teachers may have felt isolated and anxious whilst juggling their workload and teaching children both remotely and in the classroom.
In March 2021, 82% of teachers described themselves as stressed. Excessive workload and long hours have been sighted as the main factors of stress. With teachers adapting to various methods of schooling and the uncertainty Covid restrictions in the next academic year, it is important to have a work-life balance and take rest when needed.
So we have put together some tips on how to manage stress as a teacher:
Set priorities – Make sure you plan your lessons in advance and manage your time effectively. Do not take on too much work and say ‘No’ if you feel that you are overwhelmed. Make a list of tasks to take on that week and keep your classroom organised. If you have a long list of things to finish, prioritise. What is the most pressing piece of work
to complete? What can I finish before the end of the school day?
Ask for help – Whether you are an NQT or an experienced teacher, don’t be afraid to ask for help. A colleague may have a certain lesson plan or teaching tips that may be useful to you. Being honest may relieve some of your stress levels.
Get outside – During breaks between lessons, try to spend some time outdoors and get some fresh air. Studies have shown that any form of exercise releases endorphins which will reduce feelings of stress, clears your mind and helps you to feel refreshed.
Go about your routine – Whether it’s a playlist you listen to on the way to work, ten minutes you set aside in the day to sit quietly, a hot beverage whilst at your desk, whatever you choose you will feel like you’ve regained control and it will ease stress. Try to arrive at work early to mentally prepare for the day ahead.
Reduce caffeine intake – This stimulant in coffee can increase feelings of anxiety. Try to limit yourself to one tea/coffee per day, especially whilst teaching!
Keep work at work! – There are times when you may have to take your work home due to the amount of marking or lesson planning you need to do. If you can, try to maintain that work-life balance. If you can complete your work before you leave the classroom for the day, you can then enjoy your free time.
If you would like to find out more information about the Samaritans campaign and how you can get
involved, visit their website here.
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