As a teacher of 19 years, I have seen many changes in education. But, the one thing that seems to be on the rise in the education system is teacher anxiety and stress. The workload and expectations for a teacher has increased with no relief in sight. Unfortunately, many teachers are leaving the profession due to this anxiety and stress. There are so many wonderful, kind, compassionate, dedicated teachers who are crumbling under the pressures of modern-day educational requirements that are demanding and well, down-right unnecessary. The one thing I hear from the people I work with and the teachers whom I interact with on social media teacher sites is, “I don’t know if I can do this job one more year.”
Teachers are tired; bone-weary. The exhaustion seeps deep into the body and remains stuck day after day after day. The driving forces to get them to work each day are, “There are bills to pay at home.” (Yes, I’ve heard this from teachers and my own self) “My children are now in college. I have to keep working to help them.” And, teachers just down-right love working with children. Unfortunately, many are beginning to feel the weight of bureaucratic pressures and their bodies are beginning to buckle under the weight.
Are you feeling the weight of anxiety and stress? You don’t have to be a teacher to benefit from the suggestions on the list below. One must have a lifestyle change with an output for stress or it will stay in the body and manifest into more permanent health problems.
Do yourself a favor and take care of YOU!
Put yourself first for a small amount of time each day.
20 Ways to a More Authentic Stress-Free You
1. Essential oils to promote feelings of relaxation: Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Marjoram, Sandalwood
2. Deep Breathing
5. Positive Self-Talk
7. Color Therapy
9. Drink Water
13. Listen to Music
14. Unplug from Electronics
15. Daily Vitamins/ Supplements
16. Healthy/ Clean Eating: more fruits and vegetables, less sugar and caffeine
18. Get Out In Nature
19. Self-Care: pamper yourself for a day
20. Leave Work at Work (just for a day!)
You do not have to be a teacher to benefit from the above list of stress/ anxiety relievers! Do you know any other ways to relieve stress that can be added to this list? Please drop me a comment below and let me know. I would love to hear from you.