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Stress management

When you choose teaching, stress is a part of the job. Even if you don't have it yourself, you'll deal with others who do. Here are some tips on how to deal with, and avoid, stress.

Understand poor behaviour

Due to various reasons, school-related or not, pupils can get stressed too. If a pupil reacts badly to simple instruction or advice, try to understand why poor behaviour is happening rather than adding to the pupil's stress levels.

Don't let pupils add to your stress levels

Remember that when you say no pupils must know you mean it. Constant low level discipline is wearing so make every effort to stop it.

Be self-aware and seek help

Stress can sometimes manifest itself in your general health. If you are off your food, have headaches or feel tired all the time it could be related to stress. Seek help early on and consult a professional.

Pace yourself

Many teachers take on too much work, too many hours and try to do too much for too many pupils. Manage your time and make some space in your working day for catch-up and reflection.

Take a break during the school day

Take an interval and a lunch break. You just need to switch off for a while to give your brain time to cool down!

Get a life!

Try to get a life outside teaching. If you do something else other than mark and prepare you will be a more refreshed person and able to better respond to your pupils and the demands of the job.

It's good to talk!

Schools are very supportive environments. Rather than going home to worry about things over the evening or weekend, try to get any problems and concerns resolved by talking to your colleagues first. You'll soon find you're not the only one who's had the same issues!

Banish school talk from home

Your family, friends and pets will welcome your attention and welcome talk that is not ˜school talk". Talking about school/ pupils all the time can be a problem. De-stress and try to get school out of your head.