Overcoming Teacher Anxiety

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Hanna Beech

Hanna Beech has been teaching for ten years and has a range of experience across Key Stages 1 and 2 in a large Primary School in Kent. She is a phase leader for Years 3 and 4, and also leads on teaching and learning for...
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How can you take control of work-related anxiety?

With the pressure most teachers are under, it is no surprise that anxiety is contributing to an increase in the number of teachers taking long-term sick leaveWork-related anxiety can cause sleepless nights, consume your thoughts and free time, and make you dread going to work. Here are some tips for how you can start to work towards reducing your anxiety.

Managing Work-Related Anxiety

  • To relax yourself at night, try counting your breaths and focusing on the sensations in your body. When your mind wanders, bring your focus back to your breathing. The Headspace app is a great help with this.
  • When you realise you’re continually thinking about a problem, write it down and distract yourself with something, for example doing some exercise. You can come back to the issue when you are at work.
  • If you dread attending work, speak to a colleague – ideally someone in the Senior Leadership Team, or contact a union or your doctor.
  • Schedule in time for family and friends and ensure this time is not interrupted with work.
  • If you are struggling with workload issues it’s important to speak to a colleague. Perhaps you need some ideas for better organising your time or maybe your school needs to review their processes, but if you don’t take the step to discuss the issue, nothing will change.

Why is it a good strategy?

You matter.


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2 thoughts on “Overcoming Teacher Anxiety

  1. Nothing earth shatteringly new here, but is is so important for the whole teaching community to take on board whether you are a sufferer or someone in a position to help – we all are! Read this and be reminded of our responsibilities to each other as decent human beings.

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