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10 Ways to Reduce Stress for Teachers

Teaching can be a highly rewarding but also a stressful profession with 75% of all Teachers describing themselves as stressed!

Here are some ways to reduce stress that we hope will help you:

Time Management:

Efficiently manage your time and set realistic expectations for what can be accomplished in a day. Prioritize tasks and focus on the most important ones first. I have created a video for my Franchisee team about effective time management using the Pomodoro Technique and I am happy to share it with you too - just email me at and I can share access.

Self-Care & Set Boundaries:

Prioritize self-care. Ensure you get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet, and engage in regular exercise. Physical well-being can significantly impact your stress levels.

Establish clear boundaries between work and personal life. Avoid taking work home and try to unplug from work-related emails and tasks when you're not at school.

Practice Mindfulness:

Incorporate mindfulness techniques like meditation and deep breathing into your daily routine to help manage stress in the moment.

Celebrate Achievements:

Celebrate your successes and acknowledge your accomplishments, no matter how small. Positive reinforcement can boost your morale and reduce stress. We can find ourself in a spiral of sadness and stress focusing only on the negatives which is why within our private Facebook group I encourage my Franchise team to tell us about their successes, however big or small, work related or personal for "Wednesday Wins", you could try this too within your school/close group of colleagues.

Seek Support:

Connect with colleagues, mentors, or a support network of other teachers. Sharing experiences and challenges can be cathartic and provide valuable insights.

Delegate When Possible and Use Technology Wisely:

If you have teaching assistants or support staff, don't hesitate to delegate tasks when appropriate. Also utilize technology and educational apps to streamline administrative tasks and enhance teaching methods.

Organize and Declutter:

Keep your workspace and classroom well-organized. A clutter-free environment can reduce stress and improve focus.

Take Breaks:

Don't forget to take short breaks during the school day to recharge and reduce stress. Even a few minutes of relaxation can make a difference.

Hobbies and Interests:

Pursue hobbies and interests outside of teaching to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Engaging in activities you love can provide a necessary break from the classroom.

Time for Reflection:

Take time to reflect on your teaching experiences, what's working well, and areas that could be improved. Continuous self-assessment can lead to growth and reduced stress.

I hope you have found these ideas helpful and I really hope that they can reduce your stress levels so you can enjoy Teaching again. Katherine left Teaching for a slower paced life and joined Nature Makers as a Franchisee because she knew she didn't want the stress anymore, she wanted to enjoy Teaching again but for it to be on her terms working around family prioritise.


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