It’s important to understand how stress can easily occur and the best ways to cope with it when teaching. It isn’t always that one child that brings about stress, there are many more factors that contribute to the build-up of stress, many of which go unnoticed or are often overlooked.
Where Stress Can Occur
From pressures on results including ensuring a certain number of students meet the standard requirements to time pressures and long working hours during term time, it is easy to get caught up and let things pile on top of you.
Stress can affect anyone in any role, even those in leadership positions and it can sometimes feel a little embarrassing to speak up, after all, your position suggests you should be looked up to and have a sense of authority right? Wrong. It’s important to let that feeling go in order to move forward and help cope with stress. No matter your position, talking more openly can help you in the long term and can even inspire others to do the same.
What help is available?
Education Support Partnership – Whether you are struggling with stress at work, facing concerns with bills or housing or are just in need of someone to talk to, the team at Education Support are on hand to help offer support, advice and more.
The Education Support Partnership is the only UK charity that provides mental health and well-being support for the entire education workforce. That’s everyone that works under the education umbrella from admin to academic, retired or hired.
Teaching Staff Trust – Look after both those working and those who have retired and provide support financially and mentally through counselling for anybody in any role who needs help.
We’re encouraging others to speak more openly on Time To Talk Day and beyond, no matter how small or insignificant you think your problem may be, it’s always good to talk. From colleagues to family and friends or even an anonymous ear through supportive charities such as Education Support Partnership and Mind.
Have some advice of your own? Feel free to let us know your own stories and share them with the teaching community, maybe you have some tips on how to unwind after work, or perhaps how you can manage your workload more efficiently and create a better work/life balance.