This is not totally teaching related, it is, but it isn't (fair warning)
Wouldn't it be nice to have people/place to go as a Teacher's support group! What do you do when stressed out with work, circumstances beyond your control or just the teaching field in general?
I was talking with a good friend today who also is going into the teaching field. Both of us are in the process of applying and looking for jobs for the following fall. To most people it wouldn't be a big deal but to the two of us and with our first possible jobs on the line it is STRESSFUL! I have gotten so many wonderful tips on interviewing and portfolios and what to say/do, but if the jobs aren't there then there is not much to apply for.
I feel it is a little more cumbersome since I will be moving in the summer and I don't know the school district or any teachers there - although I did put in applications but I feel that they will get overlooked.
Just talking to someone else made me feel better that they are going though some of the same things I am - it feels good to connect on that level. Especially if you are as Type A (and a super planner) as we both are...not having a job or prospects seems like it is looming over your head.
Can anyone else relate? I know we all have things like this that happen all the time and at least being in the education field we can relate right (to some degree).
Tips for dealing with stress (as educators):
1. Pray - as a Christian this is something I do, but especially because I should be more patient and know that what is planned will happen even though I need almost daily reminders.
2. Vent/Get Advice- from a trusted friend/other teacher who will understand and listen and can offer advice if necessary.
3. Exercise/Hobby- DON'T WORRY! Worrying doesn't help anything so occupy your time doing something you like to do. For me -painting/DIY wedding it is, I need to get back in the swing of things.
4. Refocus- Get excited for things going on in your classroom and school and what's coming up at the end of the year. The students still need to be there mentally (so should you!). I definitely could focus a little more.
Feel free to add to the list (comment) I would love to hear more!! How do you deal with stress?
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****UPDATE: I have actually gotten confirmation from a couple jobs that they have gotten my application, at least its a start! Least I'm not on the complete bottom of pile!
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