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Stress and Anxiety

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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
3. Meditation
4. Massage
5. Positive Self-Talk
6. Journaling
7. Color Therapy
8. Sleep
9. Drink Water
10. Exercise
11. Prayer
12. Aromatherapy
13. Listen to Music
14. Unplug from Electronics
15. Daily Vitamins/ Supplements
16. Healthy/ Clean Eating: more fruits and vegetables, less sugar and caffeine
17. Read
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.



9 thoughts on “Stress and Anxiety

  1. I work with my dad to let’s just say I get stressed out some times!

    My favorite ways to reduce it exercise and meditate.

    Sleep goes a long way as well but when I have a rough day I like to just throw on some shoes and go for a brisk run.

    It really lets me clear my mind.

  2. Very beautiful topic! I am not a teacher but I work in an environment where I deal with patients that needs to be back at their prior functions in life. And I am more stressed on the case load that is given to me in a day. So I decided to only work 4 days a week and give more time on investing on myself. Life is short, we should not let us be slaves from our jobs. Very very nice article.

    1. Thank you, Marc. Yes, there are so many professions that are under an incredible amount of stress. Thankfully, I work a 4-day week as well, which makes the days incredibly long, but time to recoup on the longer weekends.

  3. Thank you, Amberlee. I find it hard at the end of the day, after giving my energy to 35 students for several hours, that I have to de-stress before I can give my family time. My energy tank is pretty depleted most of the time, so these ways to alleviate stress save my sanity.

  4. I completely understand! I find that when I come home, I need that quiet reflection time to myself before I jump full-on into family life. I do find myself sitting in meditation or lost in a book for that mental break much needed. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Thank you, I do appreciate your motivative post. I work as a replacement teacher, and I come home stressed and ready to kill. My husband hates that I do this job as sometimes (without the intention to) I take out my unexpressed anger on him. Because I was doing this, our relationship was suffering. I could not stop my job as I needed the money. However, I found a way to manage my stress and that was going for a walk and sitting opposite my local lake and setting a 10-minute timer to watch the birds fly by. Since doing this, my life has transformed. I am patient and no longer wanting to kill those that I love.

  6. You are welcome! There are some great hiking places in the desert that lead to hidden lakes and waterfalls. Ha! Many of the trees in the desert have thorns… you may have to head to a large park.

  7. I love the 20 ways to help reduce stress. I am such a huge nature fan but find it difficult to get outside, in the desert, in the oppressive heat! Now that it is cooling down it is time to go find that random, lonely tree that needs hugging. Preferably one without thorns. Thanks for this great post!

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