Quick Tips for Dealing With Stress
Quick Tips for Dealing With Stress
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler

As end-of-semester projects, tests, and papers start cropping up, many students and teachers are facing larger amounts of stress and responsibility than usual. For younger students or new teachers who haven’t quite developed their individualized coping strategies, this can be a trying time. There are endless resources and strategies out there for dealing with stress and fostering resilience, but these are some of the easiest and most rewarding ways to calm down and get through it all.

  • Remember the good things. At the end of each day, make a list—even if it’s just mental—of a few things you appreciated about the day. Whether you’re thankful that there was no traffic on the way to school, or that someone smiled at you in the hall, simply acknowledging these happy moments can boost the confidence and sense of belonging that we sometimes lose when overly stressed.

  • Eat a healthy snack. It can be really easy to forget to eat or develop unhealthy habits when you’re worried. In times of overwhelming stress, check in with your body, drink some water, and eat a protein-rich or refreshing snack to ground yourself and get your focus back.

  • Close your eyes and breathe. In fast-paced and stressful environments, remembering to take a step back and breathe can go a long way in easing anxiety quickly. Begin every class with a breathing exercise or simply remind students to be aware of their heart rates and stress patterns so they can self-monitor and do what they need to do.

  • Listen to others. Sometimes, in high-stress situations, we get ahead of ourselves and don’t think through everything we say. Take a few seconds to make sure you’re mindfully listening to people who talk to you and responding respectfully, even if you’re frustrated.

  • Work on something else. If a specific project or task is bothering you, and you just can’t figure out how to do it, consider stepping away and focusing your attention on something different. Chances are that you just need to refocus your brain before you can get more work done.

Of all the great resources for building teacher resilience and helping students deal with stress, the main idea to take home is that your health comes first. Allow yourself extra time to find strategies that work for you, and practice implementing them to see what calms you down and makes you feel better. Then, spread the knowledge to help others!