Over 60% of teachers feel this way.
Let's change that.
Stress is not just bad for teachers; it's bad for students, too.
A study by The University of British Columbia revealed that "teachers who reported higher levels of burnout had students with higher levels of stress."
Teachers who reported higher levels of burnout had students with higher levels of stress.
Stressed teachers led to stressed students, while healthy teachers led to healthier students.
But first - what is "burnout"?
Burnout is a syndrome "resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed."
Burnout is characterized by:
feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
increased mental distance from one's job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one's job; and
reduced professional efficacy.
Burnout can lead to mental and physical ailments, such as coronary artery disease, hypertension, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, and increased alcohol and drug use.
Burnout can also lead to the undermining of quality relationships and long-term career prospects.
Although situational factors are often the largest contributors to burnout, there are 4 steps you can take to address burnout.
1. Prioritize self-care and do things that "fill your cup" like:
Spending time with loved ones
Sleeping at least 7 hours per night
Eating healthy foods
2. Focus on things you can control - such as the kinds of activities you do with the students - instead of on things you cannot control, like class sizes.
3. Reduce exposure to job stressors and leave work at work. For example, do not look at work messages after 7 pm and on the weekends.
4. Seek out rich interpersonal interactions and continual personal and professional development, like talking to a therapist or doing fulfilling volunteer work.
If you are also ready to overcome your mental health challenges, prioritize your self-care, and experience a life of joy and fulfillment, contact us for a free consultation.