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Stress management and resilience building for teachers
According to their latest research, Education Support, the only UK charity dedicated to supporting education staff in schools, colleges and universities has found:
• Almost one in five said they experienced panic attacks
• Over half had suffered from insomnia
• Over a third had difficulty concentrating.
The main reason? Work-life balance. Regardless of role or seniority it can get too much.
Budget cuts, fewer staff and bigger class sizes all add to workload and increase stress levels.
And of those who said they had experienced mental health problems:
• Nearly a half said their personal relationships suffered
• Over a quarter had been forced to take time off
• Of these, over a half had been off for more than a month during the academic year.
THE ANSWER? MANAGING YOUR STRESS AND BUILDING RESILIENCE.
Stress, worry and anxiety are all learnt patterns of behaviour. And whatever’s been learnt can be unlearnt.
How? Brain retraining.
¥ Becoming aware of your stressors
¥ How you respond
¥ Practical skills you can take away to help you relax.
It’s learning to acknowledge what you can control and what you can’t control.
And knowing that beyond a certain point you go over a peak and harmful stress and anxiety kick in.
You feel exhausted, on edge, burn out. You drink too much, become a drugs risk, snappy with loved ones – maybe even violent, or develop coping strategies like eating too much.
In the most extreme cases it can kill you through high blood pressure and heart attacks.
One of the issues is learning to be heard. When to say no – and explaining why you’re saying no.
How? Simply questioning, asking for clarification. Not accepting things as they are. Taking the pressure off yourself.
It makes you more relaxed because you’re being yourself. You’re simply asking for clarification, explaining your position.
Finally with progressive muscle relaxation and mindfulness you can have a mental armoury to help you cope with all situations. Recognise how you feel and build your resilience.
James Thomas is a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist. He runs The Gentle Mind Hypnotherapy Ltd. He runs workshops and classes to build resilience.
He believes we are what we tell ourselves. That when we relax we are kinder to ourselves.
He works with the NHS, in the private sector and with individuals suffering from stress, anxiety and addictions.
Now he’s teaching resilience and stress management to teaching staff.
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