Teaching is Stressful

Here's What You Can Do About It

There are people in the general public who think that teachers have an easy job. They have no idea. These are often the same people who can’t wait to send their one or two children back to school after a break. They never stop to think that their kids’ teachers manage 25 to 30 kids all day long five days a week.

 

We are all more stressed today than ever. There are many reasons for this. Just consider what has happened in the last few weeks:

(1) Three category 5 hurricanes that we watched play out on TV with 24-7 coverage including breathtaking rescues.
(2) The ongoing rescue, recovery, and agonizingly slow aid efforts in Puerto Rico along with the Virgin Islands and other territories that may take years to recover.
(3) A 7.1 earthquake in Mexico, and again, we watched breathtaking and sometimes, heartbreaking rescue and recovery efforts.
(4) The largest mass shooting in America’s history (so far) and the never-ending debate about gun control in this country.
(5) Fires that swept through whole neighborhoods in California. Thousands of people have lost their homes, cars, pets, and everything they ever accumulated in their lives. They are starting from scratch.

(6) And if you are a political junky, you can’t stop watching the drama that is playing out in Washington, DC. Regardless of your personal politics, the division and the polarization that has gripped the country is taking a toll on all of us, even if you try to block it out.

It’s almost too much to think about. Yet, think about it, we must. It’s part of our current reality, and unless you live under a rock or in a cave, you cannot be unaffected by it all.

And then there is work. The average professional–not just teachers–finds that work is taking up more and more time and energy. We are all trying to do too many things at once. And even when the clock says it’s time to go home, we often take our work with us. We are also “on call” to respond to email well into the evening unless we decide to say, “no.”

Busy woman trying to do many things at once.

All of these factors impact stress and burnout in teachers and other busy professionals.

Right now, I am just speaking to teachers, however.

 

When teachers call me about burnout, it isn’t always because they are burned out with their students. Most of them admit that they still love their kids. In fact, they will say, “If I could just be left alone to teach, I’d be okay. It’s all the other stuff that I can’t take anymore.”

If you are a teacher, that may sound familiar.

 

Teaching has grown to be a difficult job because of the increased demands upon teachers in general. Again, people in the public have no idea what their child’s teacher does in their time off. And let’s be honest. They don’t care. They are unaware of the hours it takes to prepare for a typical day or lesson. They don’t understand what goes into grading papers. They just don’t get it. And why should they?

 

So, what’s a teacher to do if they are feeling stressed out and overwhelmed with the job with no remedy in sight? If the stress goes unchecked, it may lead to burnout, and burnout could mean changing your whole career path. Wouldn’t it be better if you could find a way to manage your stress and avoid burnout altogether?

 

That is what the next several posts will be about. I will offer suggestions for teachers. These suggestions will include specific tools, techniques, and strategies for managing their stress. These recommendations will help you feel more relaxed and less stressed. They will also help you build physical, mental, and emotional resilience.

Want to know more? Then subscribe to TeachersinDistress.com right now so you can get alerts as the next few posts are offered with tips, techniques, and tools that will help you feel less stressed out and overwhelmed.

If you aren’t sure if you are dangerously stressed or not, I invite you to take a free stress test to check yourself. To download it, click this link: https://kittyboitnott.com/stresstest
Take the test. If you answer 10 or more questions with a “yes,” it’s time for you to seriously consider what you can do to lessen your stress. Stress gone unchecked for too long will make you sick. And you don’t want that.

Again, to get the free stress test, click on the graphic below:

Stress Meter Showing Panic Attack From Stress And Worry

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Kitty Boitnott, Ph.D., NBCT, RScP is a former educator who now helps burnt-out teachers and mid-career professionals find new fulfilling career paths that are satisfying & fun. Check out her website at TeachersinTransition.com website for more information.