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Ways Teachers Can Handle Stress!

As a teacher that is in my second (and a half) year of teaching, I can attest to the very true fact that teaching is not only difficult, it is also very stressful. Many may not understand, or may think that teachers just complain, but the truth is that teachers work really hard, long hours, and they often neglect their own health or families to make sure students have everything they need. Now this isn't going to be every teacher but most teachers I've met and worked with so far are very dedicated and work to give their students the best.

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That being said, how can teachers relieve some of the stress that comes with the pressure to provide the best for students. Here are some tips that hopefully can help someone, including myself. I need to take my own advice, because this being only my second (and a half) year of teaching, I already feel worn out and I had a health scare not to long ago. Teachers everywhere, please remember to take some time for yourself and relieve some stress.

Okay, let's get started.

1. Stay Positive

Try to always keep a positive attitude. This can be easier said than done! Just remember that you are doing your best. Sometimes with your best you will meet expectations and sometimes not. We can only do the best for our kids and try different methods, and even still sometimes they won't pass the test or ace the AP exam. Stay positive and know that you do have some impact on students and you are helping shape them with every little thing you do!

2. Remember: Teaching doesn't get easier, but you improve.

This is something my principal has said and after reading this article here, I realized that teaching is never going to get easier. This is a shocker, especially for newer teachers. Yet, we have to understand that although it won't get easier being a teacher, we will get better at teaching, better at classroom management, and better at learning about our students and ourselves.

3. Have an outlet.

Everyone has something they love to do. Cater to yourself, get new hobbies, find time to do the things that bring you joy. You don't have to do that everyday, but definitely make time for yourself and your family.  For me that could look different each week, or day. For instance, I love sitting back and binge watching a TV show. Or going shopping or to the nail salon. I love makeup, music, reading, and writing. Painting is also a relaxing outlet. Obviously, find something that speaks to you whether that be fishing, sports, blogging, or rock collecting.

4. Try to have fun with teaching!

Teaching should be fun! We can find ways to teach a standard or reach a goal with students while still making learning engaging and fun. Students are more likely to learn if you connect to them personally and make learning fun and interesting. This will also take the stress off teachers because if students are engaged and having fun learning, teachers can worry less about behavior issues, and students are still getting the information they need.

5. Relax!

Sometimes it's okay to just relax and stop working! Don't always bring your work home or stay after school 4 hours after school hours end. If you always feel behind, try getting ahead a week or two at a time, and then spend the rest of your week having more time to relax. Then even if something pops up that you need to take care of for work, the rest of your work is already done. Just remember, you have to take care of yourself and your health too! Don't over stress and overwork!

That's all for now. Thanks for reading. Also sorry about the inconsistent blog posts. This comes with the territory of being an overly busy teacher.

Thanks and have a blessed day!

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