Moulding students’ lives is an unwritten responsibility that every teacher takes on as a part of their profession.
Moulding your own mental health is just as important as theirs.
Popularly known as ‘teacher anxiety’, many educators feel nervous, fearful during their initial teaching days. Standing in front of all the students and talking for at least thirty minutes seems like a nerve-wrecking task, especially for those teachers who are not public speakers.
Teaching can be stressful. The job does not end once the teacher steps out of the educational institution. Checking papers, preparing the lesson plan, updating the subject knowledge is a continuous process that can be stressful and tiring.
Dealing with daily stress, following a fixed schedule for years, being on high alert while handling students puts stress on the brain and nervous system. Hence, post-retirement, many teachers find it difficult to rest and face cognitive conditions in their senior years.
Undergoing physical and emotional burnout, teachers have to be emotionally prepared to address and handle their students. Working for long hours, executing extra curricular tasks and being present for each student leads to burnout and exhaustion.
Being closely linked to society, surgeons are often criticised, demeaned and labelled unworthy based on the smallest of their actions or words. They constantly have to be careful of their work performance and social identity which can be stressful.
Experiencing a panic attack while teaching or during a gathering are common among teachers. Going blank, fumbling, fainting are the results of a panic attack. The pressure of being a good orator causes discomfort to many.
Ignored performance anxiety is the cause of low self-esteem, reduced productivity and an overall feeling of worthlessness.
Persisting stress naturally has adverse effects such as high blood pressure, heart diseases on the health but also causes sleep disorders, muscle tension, substance dependency and emotional dysregulation.
Ignored cognitive decline leads to loss of functionality, memory loss, attention deficits and loss of motor skills.
Ignored symptoms of burnout increase into anxiety, depression, physical fatigue, mental fog and emotional dysregulation.
Long term depression results in risky behaviour, reduction in functionality, addictions, suicidal ideation, anhedonia, loss of appetite and physical illnesses.
Untreated panic attacks can increase into major anxiety, social phobia, confused cognition, hormonal imbalance and isolation.
What you will get from therapy
Therapy will provide you the non-judgemental space for venting out your emotions
The trauma, stress, burnout has to be dealt with regularly to avoid overwhelming pile ups; which is possible through healthy coping techniques.
Working through the other mental health issues will eventually affect your sleep pattern and quality for the better.
Teachers work longer hours, which often leads to burnout and stress. Some of the many contributing factors are lack of resources, work-life balance and administrative issues, parent’s behaviour.
Experts say that stress gets passed on from teachers to their students. Students in classrooms, which have teachers experiencing burnouts, are said to have high levels of cortisol- a kind of stress hormone.