Stress in America 2020 (Focus on Teachers)

Is the Stress of Teaching Making You Sick?

If you’ve ever thought, “My job is killing me,” you might be closer to the truth than you think. Teachers and stress seem to go hand in hand, and your teaching job might be causing you serious health problems. Is teaching too stressful to be safe, and what can you do about it? Stress in America 2020 (Focus on Teachers) will help answer those questions.

Too Much Stress Is Bad for Your Health

Most health experts agree that a small amounts of stress is good for you. A little bit of stress can spur you to act. It can give you the motivation and the energy to take important steps in your life.

Stress becomes a problem when it becomes excessive. When you can’t cope with high levels of stress, the effects on your health can be severe.

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Teachers and Stress: Effects of Stress On Your Physical and Mental Health

Stress can affect your mind, body and spirit. If you don’t lower the levels of stress in your life, you could wind up with a range of symptoms that include the following.

  • Physical problems: Headaches, chest pain, fatigue, loss of sex drive, muscle pains and digestive difficulties.
  • Mood disorders: Stress can lead to harmful mood problems like anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, anger or sense of helplessness.
  • Unhealthy behaviors: Overeating, drinking excessively, using tobacco, eating high-fat food and losing a desire to exercise.

What Are the Top Causes of Stress?Stress in American 2019 (Focus on Teachers)

What are the top life events that cause the most stress? Some of the items on this list might surprise you. If you’re a teacher, they might strike a familiar chord.

1. Money Matters

In 2018, the American Psychological Association published the report, Stress and America: Paying with Our Health. The report found that concerns about money have remained the top source of stress for the past decade.

Most Americans feel uneasy about their ability to make ends meet and plan for their financial future. As the authors write, “While some of the anxieties from the recession have subsided, the vast majority of Americans are still concerned about their finances. The three most significant sources of money-related stress were paying unexpected expenses, paying for essentials and saving for retirement.”

We often think of younger people as struggling with money concerns related to low wages and student loan debt. The study authors, however, found that there were few age-related differences. People of all ages worry about money. Money worries are “a somewhat or very significant source of stress for the majority of Americans.”

2. My Job Is Killing Me

You probably know that work tends to be a stressful situation. Work-related stress is more than just the daily small annoyances of any workplace. Stress can cause you to lose sleep, eat poorly and engage in other unhealthy behaviors.

When you’re at work, you’re too exhausted to deal with problems. That causes more problems at work, which leads to more stress. It’s a vicious cycle.

Do you know what presenteeism is? It refers to being present at work but not engaged with your work. People who suffer stress-related depression and anxiety will show up to work, but they won’t perform their jobs with real enthusiasm.

3. Family Concerns

Parents regularly live with the stress of taking care of their children. Toddlers and infants can disrupt their parents’ sleep schedules, and teenagers can create anxiety and stress about their social activities.

Family problems aren’t limited to people with children. Many people are taking care of family members with chronic illnesses or disabilities. Caretakers suffer high levels of stress.

How Does This Relate to Teachers Health?Stress in America 2019 (Focus on Teachers)

If you’re a teacher, your workplace is likely to be a source of stress for you. Mental health experts have identified six elements of a job that create high levels of stress.

Check out these six factors and ask yourself how they relate to the typical teaching position.

  • Disliking your job.
  • Having a heavy workload or too much responsibility.
  • Working long hours.
  • Having poor management, unclear expectations of your work or no say in making important decisions.
  • Working in dangerous conditions.
  • Being insecure about your chance for advancement or risk of termination.

How many of these things are present at your teaching job?

Can You Fix the Stress In Your Life?

According to doctors, you can and you should. Doctors say there are 10 serious health conditions that you can cure just by reducing your stress levels. They include obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, gastrointestinal diseases, asthma and diabetes.

“Stress doesn’t only make us feel awful emotionally,” writes Dr. Jay Winner, author of Take the Stress Out of Your Life. “It can also exacerbate just about any health condition you can think of.”

How to Prevent Problems of Teachers and Stress

Are you struggling with too much stress in your life? If you’re a teacher, most of your stress is caused by the lack of money and an unhealthy work situation. Here’s what you can do to lessen the effects on your health.

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Make an effort to start and end each day with a healthy routine. This can include something as simple as taking a five-minute walk or eating some fresh fruit. Stay connected to healthy habits as often as you can.

While you’re at work, remind yourself to occasionally breathe deeply and take a brief mental break from your day. If you need to get up from your desk and walk around the room, do that. It can help you make that break.

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You might think that taking a second job will just add to your stress levels. It’s true that many teachers feel they have to work long hours at a second job because teaching doesn’t pay enough.

I’m not suggesting adding another high-stress situation to your life.  I am suggesting that you find a way to make supplemental money that you can do on your terms and your schedule.

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14 thoughts on “Stress in America 2020 (Focus on Teachers)”

  1. Controlling the stress level in our lives is not easy and it often takes us to go beyond our comfort zone before we can tackle stress in our lives. However, the teachers are another phase of stress on its own because virtually everything they do deals with stress not to talk of the accumulated stress through their emotions and psychology. This is really immense and fighting against stress’s only requires us to do the right things exactly the right way to ensure we overcome stress. I’d advise to eat healthy, exercise more and also declutter often.

    • I agree with you that teachers are facing unique issues when it come to stress.  Administrators today encourage teachers to become more involved in their students lives.  Of course, when that happens, the teacher has just taken on an even greater dose of stress.  And, that’s in addition to the issues taking place in their personal lives.  Your recommendations are excellent.  I can tell you from personal experience that they’re often very difficult to implement, but absolutely necessary.  

      Thanks you for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!

  2. It’s very true that excessive stress can very dangerous to the health and also, a little bit of stress is good for the health. Teachers are really consuming more of the stress when it comes to stress proportion than different professions, and I think it’s a good idea that you posted this article.  It’ll help them a great deal. The ways to prevent teachers stress that you stated here are very nice and I’m very sure they’ll be of great effectiveness. 

    • When you consider all of the illnesses and diseases that can be traced back to stress, it’s critical that people learn how to take care of themselves.  I’m confident that teachers will notice a difference if they try some of the recommendations on stress reduction.  

      Thanks so much for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!

  3. Adults who have tough times at work suffer a lot from stress and in most cases have little or no space to rest at all. Mental stress has been the reason for some kinds of problems ranging from anger issues, to wanting to be alone, and from there, keeping our loved ones away from us, which has led to breaks in relationships and homes. No matter what the situation may be, there should be time we rest and cool off. Taking time from what causes these stresses and from there we can hold on to our relationships and keep great bonds with our spouse and kids. Thanks for this wonderful post.

    • Thanks so much for the compliment.  I’m glad you enjoyed the post.  You’ve done a great job pointing out that if we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t take care of those who depend on us.  

      Thanks for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!

  4. I work at a day school, and I definitely have monetary stress in my life. I like your idea about a supplemental income. At first, I thought the same thing you wrote about. That it would just add to the stress. But you’re right, if you look for something less stressful and do it on your own terms, it should lower your stress. I’m going to investigate Wealthy Affiliate. Thank you so much for writing this article!

    • I’m glad the idea of Wealthy Affiliate sounds good to you.  It’s an option that gives teachers complete freedom on how and where they run their business.  As long as you have your laptop, you can fit running your site in between lunch breaks, children’s sporting events…wherever!

      Thanks for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!

  5. One of the professions I respect most in the whole wide world is teaching. I keep wondering how stressful it is and how these teachers are keeping up with their personal lives with all these kinds of stress. I’ve been to school so I can tell a bit, and taught my siblings.  Believe me, it was hell. Thanks to this article, it’ll help them devise means that could possibly relieve this stress and solve the problems attached to it. I’ve gained a lot of knowledge from this article and it is really good nice that I did.

    • I’m so glad you found the article helpful.  In my experience, teachers give everything they have to their students, often forgetting about themselves.  Taking the time to relax and recharge seems like a frivolous waste of time to many of them, so they do experience illness and worse.

      Thanks you for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!

  6. Teaching is one of the most stressful jobs one can choose to do. Many of my friends who are teachers often cite their reason for choosing that profession, saying, “There’s a great job in education children and raising the next generation of leaders.” Undoubtedly, teaching has it’s own perks. However, the stress involved can’t be ignored. This is why many misguided school instructors become mean and tend to take out their frustrations on the students. 

    • Oh boy, are you right about the mean teacher scenario.  One of my grandson’s former teachers had health issues that caused her levels of stress.  She had a difficult time getting the situation under control, which created a very unhappy situation for students and the teacher.  

      Thanks so much for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!

  7. I totally agree that stress becomes a problem when it becomes excessive and I can think of some reasons why teachers in this day and age would have more than a little stress. I appreciate you providing a list of symptoms and I can see how things like having a heavy workload due especially to class size can be a burden. I think it’s sound advice to have a routine as it can do wonders mentally. Exercise is a good outlet sometimes as well as healthy eating when affordable. Also sound advice is having supplementary income, and you’ve done well to reference Wealthy Affiliate, which is a tried and true platform and great community for doing so. All readers should definitely follow the link to see what it’s all about, well done!

    • Thanks so much for the compliment.  Teachers have many items on their plates, and fitting in just one more thing can be a challenge.  That’s one reason I believe Wealthy Affiliate is an excellent option for teachers.  This is one job they can call all the shots for.  They choose when to work, where to work, and for how long.  It’s much simpler to fit into their personal schedules.

      Thank you for joining the conversation; I appreciate it!


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