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Stress Busters

Found in: New Teachers

The high-stakes stress of a first-year teacher is an experience to be reckoned with. Part of your responsibility is to stay healthy and sane, for the sake of your own well-being and your students' academic performance. Easier said than done? Not if you follow these practical tips:

  1. Get a hobby. Taking time to play at something you love (aside from teaching) is a potent stress-reliever.
  2. Get to sleep. Budget at least eight hours of sleep into every day, no matter what. You'll feel refreshed and will be less likely to get sick.
  3. Eat right. Choose healthy snacks and well-balanced meals. Eat when you're hungry and drink plenty of water.
  4. Exercise. Whether this is a 30-minute jog or a 10-minute strength workout, exercise keeps your body healthy and your mind focused and alert.
  5. Practice yoga. Attempting a yoga pose without clearing your mind of lesson plans and parent conferences is almost impossible. Yoga can also reduce blood pressure and heart rate.
  6. Breathe. When you take a deep breath, your brain gets the message to relax, and then it sends that signal to the rest of you.
    Smile. This simple act releases a feel-good hormone in many people.
  7. Make friends. A good colleague, friend, sibling, or spouse can put your head in the right place. Don't be afraid to ask them for help.


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