Back to School 2017: How to Keep Stress at Bay

As you prepare to head back to school this fall, we’ve put together a panel of your colleagues to offer advice for how to handle the day-to-day challenges you’ll face this coming year. In Part 1, they addressed how they motivate their students and promote good behavior. In Part 2, they tackle a problem that affects students and educators: stress.

How do you cope with stress?

Heather Rains: I think my best stress management practice comes in the form of quiet reflection. I spend a lot of time thinking about how I can improve, modify, correct, approach, and enjoy my time with students and staff. I work long hours before and after school and often on the weekends preparing myself and my plans for learning, so when I reach the point where I’m feeling truly tired and need a break, I give myself time to rest and reflect. I also try to take care of my health by eating healthy foods and making sure I’m getting enough activity.