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Stress management for teachers

Managing stress as a teacher can be challenging, but with the right strategies, it is possible to navigate through the demands of the profession while maintaining your wellbeing. Following our webinar, “From distress to de-stress: Stress management for teachers” we are sharing some of the tips shared by our expert panel…


1. Keep perspective

One key strategy is shifting your perspective. As Carl Sagan famously described in “Pale Blue Dot,” putting things into perspective can help you see the bigger picture and realise that the stressors you face are just a small part of the vast universe. This can help you not to sweat the small stuff and focus on what truly matters!

2. Don’t forget your friends

Another important strategy is finding time for contact with other people. Spending time with friends and family can offer a much-needed break and help teachers maintain a healthy work-life balance. These relationships can provide emotional support, a sense of belonging, a sense of perspective and a break from the isolation that can sometimes come with teaching. Social interactions can also help you relax, share experiences, and gain new perspectives on your challenges.

3. Avoid ‘must’ and ‘need to’

Next, consider the language you use when you talk to yourself. The words we use can greatly impact our mindset and emotions. It’s important to avoid language that creates a sense of urgency (“I must”, “I need to”) and to allow flexibility in task completion if you don’t have time within your working day. Using positive and empowering language can help you build resilience, boost your confidence, and reduce stress.

4. Get outside

Additionally, spending time in nature, as suggested by Kaplan and Kaplan’s theory on nature and cognitive capacity, can be beneficial for stress relief. Nature has a calming effect on the mind and body, helping to restore attention and reduce mental fatigue. Embracing the Attention Restoration Theory, taking breaks in green spaces or simply looking at natural scenery can refresh your mind and improve your overall wellbeing.

5. Ask for help

Get help when you need it, don’t postpone: It is crucial for teachers to recognise when they are feeling overwhelmed and seek assistance when needed. By addressing stressors promptly instead of delaying, educators can prevent issues from escalating and impacting their wellbeing. Seeking help can come in various forms, such as talking to a counsellor, therapist, or trusted colleague, and can provide valuable insights and strategies for managing stress effectively.

6. Reach out to others

Reach out to colleagues to establish a community of support: Cultivating a sense of community and trust among colleagues can create a supportive environment where teachers feel comfortable expressing their vulnerabilities. By reaching out to fellow educators and sharing experiences of stress or challenges, teachers can foster a network of support that offers understanding, empathy, and practical advice. This not only helps teachers cope with stress but also promotes a culture of openness and collaboration within the school community.

By incorporating these strategies into your daily routine, we hope you can enhance your ability to manage stress effectively and create a more balanced and fulfilling teaching experience.


About the author

Tara Pilkington is Partnership Marketing Executive at The Day.