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Six Ways to Manage Stress Levels

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16 November 2017

Although teaching can be one of the most rewarding careers, there is, managing workload, disruptive students and Ofsted inspections can all add to our stress levels. With this in mind, we’ve put together a short list of ways to help you overcome the day-to-day struggles and stresses.

1.    Exercise

It may seem counter-productive to add another activity to your already packed working day, but exercise is proven to help improve your mood and relax your body and mind.  You should feel the difference from just 30 minutes exercise around three times a week, which could include a brisk walk, a fitness class or swimming for example.

2.    A Healthy Diet

This will seem like an obvious step but it is easy to reach for convenience foods when you’re busy, and stress levels are running high. Eating a healthy balanced diet of whole foods will help to fuel your mind.  Avoiding or reducing the amount of caffeine and alcohol you consume can also help as these are stimulants, and high levels will increase your levels of anxiousness.

3.    Be Creative

Did you have a creative hobby that has fallen by the wayside? Maybe baking, painting, martial arts, or playing a musical instrument for example? Whatever it is, it may be a good time to give yourself time at the weekend to focus on your passion again.

4.    Prepare yourself the night before

Even when you have finished all your marking and made your lunch for the next day, the mornings can still start off on a stressful note, which may affect your mood for the rest of the day.  Setting aside just 10 minutes the night before will help your morning run more smoothly. During this time, you could; get out your clothes and shoes for the next day, sort your bag and write a list of any outstanding tasks for the next day (which may also help you switch off and sleep better).

5.    Try relaxation techniques

There are a few relaxation techniques you can use to help you de-stress and switch off. These breathing steps from the NHS take just a few minutes, and you can do them anywhere.  Mediation and Yoga are also great ways to relax your body, and there are lots of beginner's guides online if classes aren’t your thing.

6.    Say ‘no’ more often

This is often one of the hardest steps to take when trying to reduce stress levels, especially for teachers as by nature you’ll want to help people. You can't control all your stress, such as those related to work but you have control over some of it.  If you find yourself juggling responsibilities even at the weekend, it’s time to start being more selective in what (and who) you say ‘yes’ to.

We hope you find this list of ideas helpful, but if you ever feel like your stress levels are getting out of control, it is important to seek medical advice by speaking to a professional about these feelings.

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