If you are a teacher, there are a lot of things that can cause stress for you: misbehaving students, cranky parents, having to get up early, etc. etc. Those things come with the job and often cannot be avoided. Yes, you can come up with strategies to minimize those issues, but there is really no controlling them completely.
You are much better off dealing with things you can control. This brings me to my thought for today:
Lower your stress by changing your mindset
Your mindset is the "why" you got into teaching and why you do what you do. Did you want to change the world? Make a difference in at least one life? Have your summers off? Whatever your reason, it is a good idea to have that thought in the front of your mind on a daily basis.
Hopefully you chose teaching as your profession because you like helping people. This should be your number one "why" in my opinion. If you start each day reminding yourself that everything you do is to help, serve, and love your students, a lot of things that cause you stress will fall away. Instead of seeing students as a bother or as a barrier to your happiness, try to remember your purpose. Focusing on the good you do will get your mind right.
Question of the week: What things do you do to lower your stress? I want to hear from you! Comment below.
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