I Can’t Stress This Enough

It’s never been a more stressful time to be an educator. The world of education feels like a hacky sack kicked around by the feet of Covid and natural disasters. That’s adding to deadlines, multi-tasking, assessing, learning updated curriculum and more.

Chronic stress can have very negative effects but there are ways to alleviate it and it’s important that educators do so, not just for personal health, but also so that that stress isn’t passed on to students.

Physically it can lead to tight and sore muscles, poor sleep, brain fog, sickness and more. Mentally it can lead to depression, anger, anxiety and more.

HOWEVER…

You can take care of this by taking care of yourself. 

You’ll need to go on a bit of a journey. A journey of self-discovery. It doesn’t need to be a grand “Eat Pray Love” or “Into the Wild” type of total escape but it can be done in and around your own home without letting go of the great work that you are doing in education.

  • Speaking of education, that’s a great place to start. Read books and health-blogs, listen to podcasts etc. on the subject of stress alleviation.

 

  • Talk to a health practitioner such as a therapist.

 

  • Sleep. I’ve talked about this in another blog about stress but some simple tips to put you into the right space for sleep include 

 

  1. turning technology off at least an hour before the time you want to fall asleep. 
  2. Have a magnesium supplement before bed to help relieve muscle tension. 
  3. Reduce sound and light distractions. You may need to wear earplugs and a mask.

 

  • Drink tea, especially calming herbal tea like chamomile. 

 

  • Get a good massage.

 

  • Have a bath. Simple yet effective. Enjoying a warm soak in Epsom Salts (muscle relaxant,) and a nice essential oil (for calming the senses).

 

  • As obvious as it sounds, learn good deep breathing techniques. When you are feeling like your tension is heightened this is a great way to reduce your heart rate and slow your breathing.  

 

It may be a tough time for many educators but it’s also a great time for people wanting to become educators to get in the game. The system is calling out for you. If you are ready to share your skills, knowledge and experience with “up and comers” consider becoming a qualified vocational trainer. Qualify Now can help to set you up there. It will start with acquiring your Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment (TAE40116). Talk to one of our friendly advisors now!