We know that teachers go through a stressful time of year with report card season as the term comes to an end. Managing stress is all about taking control of your lifestyle and the way that you deal with problems. Here are 5 easy steps that you can take to help keep your stress levels under control:
Maintain a positive attitude
Having a positive attitude will help to ensure you are in a better place to handle stressful situations. Do something that you love every day to make yourself happy and keep your sense of humour alive – laughing is a natural way of tackling stress and boosting your mood!
Learn and practice relaxation techniques
Try breathing exercises, meditation and yoga to help relax your body and mind. A few yoga exercises practiced daily will help to make you feel less overwhelmed with your workload and release tension in your body. Practicing breathing exercises before you sleep will make a huge difference and ensure you get a good night’s rest.
Exercise regularly and eat well
Exercise is a great way of relieving stress and burning away frustration and tension as it helps to boost your mood and make you feel good. You don’t have to spend hours at the gym for it to be beneficial, simply taking your dog for a walk or going for a 10-minute power walk around your neighbourhood can help to instantly boost your heart rate and relieve stress. You’ll feel much better for doing so and more focused to handle anything that comes your way. You’ll most likely want to eat comfort food, but eating too much of this will only add to your problems and make you feel worse. Stick to fruit, vegetables and proteins to keep your energy levels up.
Get enough sleep
Your body needs time to relax and recover from a hard day’s work. Adequate sleep fuels your mind as well as your body and ensuring you get enough sleep each night will help you feel more energised and ready to tackle your work load. Feeling tired will increase your stress levels because it may cause you to think irrationally so make a conscious effort to get an early night.
Take some time out
Taking time out to socialise with friends instantly helps you to relax. It’s really important to talk to friends and family about any problems you are having and things that are contributing towards you feeling stressed. Opening up will make you feel a lot better as you’ll feel supported by people that are close to you. Ensure you are making time at weekends to do your hobbies and interests to ensure you’ve got the work/life balance right. You’ll be much more productive for doing so!