The days are starting to get longer, and the students are not the only ones that catch a little spring fever. Teachers have a pretty high stress job. Staying in good health can greatly affect any stress that you may have, it may even may improve your outlook on things and create a positive atmosphere for these longer days ahead. Here are some tips to reduce your stress level.
- Make sure when you get up in the morning you eat a good breakfast to help boost your metabolism, and just like the students makes you more productive.
- Reduce those cups of coffee in the morning to just a couple. It would be even better if you could reduce that even further to one cup a day and replace the other with green tea. Whatever you do stay away from energy drinks.
- Don’t grab those snacks that are just easy and convenient unless they are healthy. Stay away from fatty, greasy foods that may weight you down and make you feel tired. Stash away your “healthy snack survival kit” in your bag or desk. Almonds, baby carrots, and tuna are said to help you focus, and yes throw a little chocolate in there too for that late day brain boost.
- Hit the soup and salad bar at the cafeteria or pack your own lunch. Then there are some days you just need to treat yourself to a take-out lunch or lunch with close friends at a restaurant.
- When possible, get some fresh air. Whether it is taking a quick walk around the building or opening up a window and let some sunlight in every once in awhile.
- Finally, after a long hard day at work get home and take a break. Take an aromatherapy bath or go for a run; whatever fits in your schedule and lifestyle. The main point is to put away the worries, stress, and sometimes anger.
If it makes you feel better you can vent on the website Its Not All Flowers and Sausage. This is a blog for teachers that are frustrated by the day to day drama that gets in the way of our interactions with students.
Those teachers up there in age, no offense, can check out the website Teachers at Risk. For teachers who are making the hard choices about retiring from teaching when stress starts to affect health.