6 ways to help reduce stress in the classroom
We know by working with thousands of schools the pressures and constraints teachers and administrators face in their daily routines. April is also Stress Awareness Month, so we thought this would be an ideal time to share some useful hints and tips to help combat stress in the classroom.
1. Stay Active
Exercise is a great way to help improve stress and mood levels. Physical activity is thought to cause chemical changes in the brain, which can help to positively change our mood. Scientists say that physical activity helps maintain and improve wellbeing in a number of ways - it’s the perfect way to let off some steam!
Maybe there are after school clubs you can join with your colleagues, or even walk or cycle to School as part of your daily routine – every little will help!
2. Have some ‘me time’
Being able to have a few hours a week to unwind will go a long way to help reduce stress levels. According to the Education Policy Institute, most full-time teachers work an average of 48.2 hours per week, as well as the additional hours you spent marking. We therefore know it’s not easy to have me time’ alongside family commitments too, but it’s important to earmark even a couple of hours a week to allow yourself to recharge those all-important batteries.
3. Try to stay positive
Sometimes things can be stressful, but remaining positive is key to overcoming any difficulties. Rather than look for the negatives, look for the positives. Try making a note of your accomplishments throughout the day and by the end of the week you’ll have a long list of all things that went well!
4. Organise workload
Remember not to take too much on and organise your workload efficiently. With regards to planning lessons, remember what Ofsted say, they do not specify how planning should be set out, the length of time it should take or the amount of detail it should contain. Remember to voice any work-related issues with your Head to try to minimise any stressful issues you may have.
You can find more information on planning and workloads by going to - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teacher-workload-poster-and-pamphlet
5. Connect with people
It’s important to have a good support network around you for when things do become a bit stressful. It allows you to share your work troubles and alleviate stress. It’s also important to remain sociable, it could be something as simple as having a group lunch a couple of times a week.
6. Eat healthily.
As the old saying goes, you are what you eat, meaning what you take in affects you as a person. Avoid relying on alcohol, smoking and the teachers favourite, coffee! Relying on stimulants won’t help any work-related stress you may have.