Teacher stress. Is it any different than any other kind of stress? Well, yes, and no. Stress is stress and many people have very stressful jobs. So what makes teacher stress unique? For me, it comes down mostly to decision fatigue.
Decision fatigue is a real thing!!! Do you realize just how many decisions you make in a day as a teacher? Especially if you are a teacher of primary students! If you are a Mom you will have even more questions asked of you and decisions to make. Teacher stress is real.
So, what’s a teacher to do?
Psychology Today (2011) describes it this way: (Click here to read the whole article.)
Those two ways are to SNAP! or GIVE IN! That happens all the time in classrooms around the world in which the “snap” is to tighten up the rules or take away a desired thing until behavior improves or just give in, in which case, classroom management suffers.
In the classroom, I try to have my routines down solid. Any, seemingly minor issues, I head off before they become big. Effective and clear planning is so important so you don’t have that “behind the 8 ball” feeling. You know the one I am talking about!!
But today, I wanted to talk more about what you can do at home for yourself to help you with that teacher stress. Hopefully, these tips will help you feel more in control, less stressed and happy. It starts with taking decisions away. Well, not taking them away but reallocating them to a better time so that your day-to-day decisions are less.
So while being on your feet all day is so tiring, the mental fatigue ends up being the worst kind of fatigue because of all the decisions we are making each day in our classrooms.
I came up with 10 Ways to Manage Teacher Stress and it all starts at home.
Since teachers are constant planners (we have to be!) I have given you some “planning” to do at home.
I love these cute little tabs for your hangers. You can plan an entire week of clothes. Viola! No early morning decisions to make for what to wear #ootd for a whole week! Do you plan your outfits for the morning ahead of time?
So, you see, pre planning the home and life decisions, and being an effective school planner, may make it easier for you to be able to work through all those questions from your students each day without increasing your stress level. These are a few of the things that work for me! Oh, and #10. I did not forget. Just. Be. Still. I love this sit still pillow.