Teachers stress these days is way over the top. Research shows that 1 in every 5 teachers will leave the profession within five years of graduation. This goes for not only high school and middle school teachers but for Early childhood teachers as well. There are so many hoops that we have to jump and an abundant amount of paperwork along with the behavioral issues and facility issues that at times it can be way too much for anyone. Administrators are left scratching their heads trying to figure out how to help their teachers and staff on exhaustion of their team.
Teachers and administrators are full of hard-working staff that have to be in control and can’t stop until they have completed what needs to be completed. Doing this we end up in burn out and quick. It puts a toll on not just our mental health but physical health as well as our personal and family life.
The following tips will give you some techniques to help cope with the stress of being a teacher:
• Take a step back
- If you keep putting the extra time and effort in you will start to resent it, and so will the people around you.
- We as teachers try to be perfect
- Instead of trying to be perfect, acknowledge that mistakes can be good.
- We always want to try harder
Instead of trying harder, we try something different.
- We always want to stay strong
Instead of trying to be strong, we decide to be human.
• Identify what’s making you stressed.
- Before you can tackle stress you need to know what is stressing you out. List all your stressors then separate into two groups. One list of the stressors that you can control and then a list of stressors that you cannot control.
o Divide your list find solutions for things you can control. From your list pick the one that will have the most significant impact on your stress level.
Focus on what you can control.
• Don’t get bogged down by the small stuff
- Take one day at a time and don’t sweat the small stuff.
- Talk to about stress to colleagues
- Ask a colleague if you could talk to them about the issues that you are having for help and see if they will give you suggestions.
- Begin your day calmly
- Play relaxing music before children get there.
- Visualize your day going well.
- Give yourself time to mentally prepare for the day and what needs to be done.
- Set realistic targets
- Write a to-do list for the day and think of times when each item could be done.
- Once you have completed that item, make sure that you mark it off your list. You would be amazed of what it does mentally for a person when you actually mark through a task that you have completed.
Make a list of things to do that are important to you and decide when you are going to give them some time. This includes family life.
- Tell people firmly and politely that you will not have time do specific things.
• Be your best friend
Take time for yourself and if you have to schedule time for yourself in your daily routine. You will be the only one that will make time for yourself. This is time for you to reflect on the day or to get things done what needs to be done.
- Take Time to Enjoy Your Job
- Even though our job can be stressful times, it is also very rewarding and you can have lots of fun. Enjoy getting to play and watching the children learn and grow. That’s why you got into the profession right? We didn’t get into this profession because we are going to make a lot of money we did it for the love of children. Enjoy it again and focus what is in front of you not what you got to do.