Stress can be at home, work, or

Stress is a major part of everyone’s
daily life whether they admit it or not. 
Stress can be caused by many different things but is defined by “a physical,
chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a
factor in disease causation” (Merriam-Webster, 2018). In most occurrences
a person becomes stressed during their busiest moments which can be at home,
work, or school.  Stress is something
that is unavoidable no matter how hard we try to avoid it.

            Everyone
responds to stress differently but the body my respond to it in a negative
fashion.  The body may react in many
different ways depending on the kind of stress, the amount of stress, or just
how the individuals body reacts to different stimuli.  According to WebMD some different responses
may be,

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Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and
moody, feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take
control, having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind, feeling bad about
yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed, avoiding others , low energy, headaches, upset stomach including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea, aches, pains, and tense muscles, chest pain and rapid heartbeat,
insomnia, frequent colds and infections, loss of sexual desire and/or
ability, nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet, dry mouth, and difficulty swallowing, clenched
jaw and grinding teeth, constant worrying, racing thoughts, forgetfulness and disorganization, inability to
focus, poor judgment, being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side,
changes in appetite — either not eating or eating too much, procrastinating
and avoiding responsibilities, increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes,
and exhibiting more nervous behaviors, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing. (2018)

Any of these side effects or
changes in someone’s health can cause additional health issues and concerns as
well as cause addition stress on a person. 
The more stress in someone’s life the more sever the level of stress
will be and the more it will effect their health and life. 

            Every
career choice comes with its owns stressors they key is how you handle the
stress. Being a student teacher there are a number of stressors that can come
up.  Some of the most important strategies
to remember are to manage your time, prepare for class in a timely manner, build
positive relationships with other staff, and know how to manage stressful
situations.  Time management is very
important because there is so much going on while student teaching, not only
are you teaching but you are also going to school.  Making sure that you schedule your day/week
appropriately so that you have time to lesson plan, grade papers (if needed),
plan materials needed for classroom activities, complete assignments for
student teaching, do the reading needed for class, and complete assignment for
class.  Part of this is being prepared
for both the class your teaching and the class your taking.  By properly planning out your day/week you
will have time to prepare for the things (i.e. materials, pre-reading, note
taking, etc.) you have coming up so that you don’t have to rush last minute. This
alone can cause a lot of pressure and stress but if planned out appropriately
it can ease the pressure and stress. Getting to know both the staff at the
school you are working at and the support staff at your university are also
very important.  These are all people who
you can reach out to when you need a little extra support or have
questions.  Building a positive
relationship with the staff at the school you are working at can also help ease
your mind when it comes to looking for a job at the end of the student teaching
process.  These are the people who help
you find your future job and write you letters of recommendation, so a positive
relationship with them is very beneficial. 

            Knowing
how to manage stress when it comes up is probably one of the most important
strategies to know and work on.  There are
many ways to manage your stress such as knowing what’s causing it, setting
realistic goals, seeking out colleagues or other support staff, using
relaxation techniques, make relaxation a routine, and just saying “no.”  Identifying what is causing you to be
stressed is very important especially if it is something that you have control
of.  If your stressor is something you
can control or you can control the amount of stress it is causing can definitely
help the situation.  By planning out your
day/week you can set realistic goals for yourself.  Don’t try and do everything at once, space it
out, and give yourself time to breath so that you don’t have to rush on
anything.  When something comes up and
you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed there are a lot of people that you can
reach out to for help.  Your colleagues
(the teachers at the school you are working at) and the support staff at the
university you are attending are there to help you.  They may be able to share ideas, tips, and
tricks that can help you with whatever it is that it stressing you out or causing
you concern.  Learning relaxation
techniques and making relaxation a routine are also very helpful.  In the moment you can use relaxation
techniques such as taking deep breaths, yoga, sitting in a quiet place,
coloring etc. to help you relax or calm down, but making relaxation a routine
can help you in the long term.  Finding
something that is relaxing that you can do regular, like bike riding, long
walks, yoga, going to the beach etc., can help you from becoming so stressed
out. Then finally saying “no” is important. 
Don’t take on more then you can handle. If you don’t have time to do
something extra or to go out with friends don’t feel bad saying “no.” Part of
making sure that your stress level stays low is taking care of yourself and
making sure that you don’t take on more then you can handle.

            People
that are under stress or that feel that times are more stressful then normal
should not turn to unhealthy or harmful choices that “make them feel better,” like
smoking,
drinking or unhealthy eating.  These kind
of things make you feel better in the moments but actually may cause you to
have more stress because they can effect your health.  Every stressor should be dealt with
appropriately in a way that will better help the person.  The key is and always will be to try and
identify what is causing the stress so that it can be addressed and the side
effects can by addressed as well so that it can be easier in the long run.

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