Stress is an inevitable part of teaching but how you respond to it can spell the difference between a long, rewarding career, and one cut short by burn-out. New research into stress has given rise to some surprising (and even counter-intuitive) strategies to better deal with it.
What can you do to reduce the stress? You can't check into a spa for six weeks, but you can benefit from this collection of stress-busting strategies from experienced teachers who survived those first difficult months of teaching from September to December, and beyond!
Cornerstone, a workforce management company, has developed a series of "playlists" to help people — including teachers — adjust to working from home. Topics, including making the transition to online instruction and learning, stress management and working from home, are covered in "bite-sized" videos and downloadable guides. Access is free. Registration is required.
Dropbox has developed free "digital care packages," 25 different folders comprised of activities curated by creators, including artists, designers, foodies, musicians, writers and others. You can send them not just to others but to yourself too.
This useful article considers how the traumatic experiences of students are passed to teachers as secondary and vicarious trauma. It also suggests ways that teachers can created stronger relationships with their students.