Jessica Powell

19 ways to beat stress

While the usual issues arising from the heavy workload, long hours, accountability and job insecurity won’t magically disappear after the start of the new school year, there are ways to keep the pressures at bay. Jessica Powell quizzes the experts for their top tension-busting tips and ways to promote wellbeing

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Many teachers will be dreading the start of another school year because by the end of the year just gone, stress had them close to collapsing point. In a survey by the NASUWT teaching union, published earlier this year, 79 per cent of teachers questioned said that they had experienced workload-related anxiety.

“Pressure is stimulating and motivating but when it exceeds your ability to cope, you experience stress,” says Sir Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at the Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester. “The first signs you’ve crossed the line ...

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