5 Great Stress Relievers For Teachers: Be Stress-Free From Teaching

5 Great Stress Relievers For Teachers: Be Stress-Free From Teaching

The job of a teacher is one of the most important jobs there are; with the task of teaching our kids essential things such as Mathematics and English, teachers play a responsible part of the upbringing of our children.

Unfortunately, being a teacher can be one of the most stressful jobs out there too, and according to a recent piece of research by the charity Education Support Partnership, it’s much worse than anticipated.

In the UK alone, around 75% of teaching staff in education centers are affected with symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, up from a lower percentage of 62% in an earlier study.

This is due to the rising numbers of marking and exam targets as the country introduces more and more students into the schools and colleges; more students equals more assignments and even more work for the teachers to task and mark. It’s gotten to the point where some are working 12 hours a day just to keep up to track on things.

Many teachers love their job; they find enjoyment in helping children learn and they absolutely care about the outcome of the children as well. Unfortunately, the same teachers are having to leave their occupation because of stress, and many say it is the best decision they have made.

Because of how important the growth of our children is, and how much you teachers absolutely love your jobs, I want to try and help you if you are facing mental strain from teaching. Reliving stress can be difficult, but if you put your mind into it, you can achieve the impossible.

Here are a few stress relievers you can do to try and ease up that built up stress a little and allow you to help educate our future generation without feeling as much pressure as you used to.

 

Do Plenty Of Exercise

 

Exercising sends signals to your brain to release endorphins, a chemical which makes us happy and feel good about ourselves, acts as a natural pain killer and helps us to sleep better during the night. Exercising is a superb way of relieving stress, and contains other healthy benefits to maintain our well-being.

As a teacher, this may seem like a burden to put into your schedule – with all that marking and keeping track on every one of your students, it would seem like you wouldn’t find the time or the place to exercise – but there is a solution to this.

If you live quite close to the school or college you teach at, perhaps opt to cycle there instead of driving a vehicle; cycling is a very active and intense form of exercising. It can help you to be more positive about things, and may even allow you to focus on your students better than before with all the endorphins flowing from your brain.

Opting to use a bicycle rather than a car may just be the very thing you need to save yourself from ditching the career of a teacher from the stress.

 

Get A Good Night’s Sleep

 

This one is pretty self-explanatory; we all need a decent amount of sleep – more specifically, around 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Many teachers are working 12 hours a day marking and worrying about what assignments to give to their students, and this unfortunately won’t give them the correct hours of sleep they so desperately need.

Instead of working for a lengthy amount of time, you should strive to get the suitable amount of hours of sleep. I know you wonderful people need to mark your students’ work and all, but your health is very important, and if you don’t maintain it properly, then you are risking a lot to your health.

To be able to get a good night’s sleep, you can try the following:

  • Exercise to release endorphins which help you to sleep better
  • Use a noise machine (click here for my review of a noise machine I believe will help you with sleeping)
  • Take some sleeping pills (check with your local GP and pharmacy to see if you are able to take them)
  • Have a nice, warm bath before bed
  • Don’t use a mobile phone or PC before bed

 

Eat The Right Kinds Of Food

 

You are what you eat, and this saying is especially true when it comes to relieving stress. Different foods bring different benefits, but did you know there are specific foods which help us to relieve stress too?

Food such as fish and oranges contain special vitamins and oils which can help us to relieve stress. The vitamin C in oranges can lower our blood pressure and keep us calm, while the Omega 3 oils in fish can calm the brain and maintain a healthy blood flow.

I made a post a long while back – the website’s 3rd oldest post in fact – about what kind of foods relieve stress, and how they do it which you can find here.

Eating fish, oranges and other stress relieving food – either at breakfast, during your lunch break, or maybe for dinner back at your home – is an effective way of helping your body to combat any stress which may manifest. In fact, we should all aim to eat healthy food in general as they are highly beneficial for our bodies and general health.

 

Take Regular Breaks

 

There’s nothing wrong with taking some time off from work when things are getting too hot for you, and that is something you should certainly take something into consideration when you are feeling stressed from teaching, or in any other career of yours.

Your body needs breaks every now and then (why do you think we sleep?) and this can absolutely be said for work as well. But what can you do in your break?

Maybe you wanted to visit that particular country but never found the time to do it. Or maybe you wanted to stay at home all week (or however long you plan oh having your break last for) and take up that particular hobby you always wanted to try out.
The next time you are feeling the pressure of teaching, or whatever career you are in, take some time off and do something you have always wanted to do; those clothes aren’t going to knit themselves!

 

Turn Teaching Into A Positive Thing

 

Having a positive outlook on things can be a highly effective way of keeping your stress levels at bay, and this is something which everyone, not just teachers, need to have if they want to be stress free from their work.

With the general work being demanding, and deadlines being closely packed together, it may seem incredibly difficult to keep a positive mindset, but it is possible, especially with some things to give your emotions a little boost.

For example, as we have gone through earlier in this post, exercising is a great way to boost your emotions as the endorphins released from your brain makes you feel good and happy about both yourself and life.

If you think about your teaching to our future generations as a positive thing, and keep a positive outlook on your job and life, you will be able to keep your stress at bay as you will be happy and not stressed out as much.

 

Conclusion

 

Being a teacher is one of the most important careers you can do out there in the world, and if you are I certainly have a great amount of respect for you. One, for putting up with the annoyance of children and young adults, but absolutely two for being a huge part of their education and overall learning of specific topics.

It isn’t great for people as vital for our community as you to be overcome with stress, especially when it comes to the point where you are actually resorting to leaving the occupation purely to save your health; the education of our future generations is very important.

This is why I hope that these methods will at least help you to keep your stress levels at bay and to prevent you from ditching your teacher career due to the deterioration of your sanity.

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