Ever wonder if the mental health and stress issues you are experiencing are actually the result of teaching? This article reports the findings of an interactive study exploring the experiences of teachers with work-related stress and mental health issues. It also helps to provide some perspective on what is generally accepted as “normal” and “abnormal” teaching-related stress. (updated by BloomBoard)
This video is a great example of teachers helping teachers through navigating dealing with teacher stress and mental health. A panel of teachers discuss discerning between when we should try to keep teachers from burning out and leaving the profession and when we should help them figure out a way forward when the profession becomes too taxing on one's mental health.
If you are considering leaving the teaching profession to take care of your mental health, check out this podcast episode first. With about half of all teachers leaving the profession within the first five years, a former teacher's story offers us a closer look at how and why it happens.
Do you ever feel guilty about taking a day off just to clear your mind? Don't! As teachers, taking occasional mental health days off helps to avoid burnout and regain your mental clarity. Follow the three rules outlined in this article to ensure you make the most of your mental health day off.