The teaching profession is susceptible to increasing levels of burnout worldwide, as the job involves high responsibility and emotional elements. Though stress and burnout are distinct concepts, they are often mistaken for one another.
Burnout can be defined as, “a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.” Burnout begins as stress, which is a natural human response to challenging and dangerous situations.
The problem arises when this constant level of stress leads to burnout, and places unnecessary strain on the limbic and adrenal system, making us mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted. If not addressed, burnout can lead to severe depression and anxiety.
One effective approach to managing stress in its early stages and mitigating its long-term negative effects is mindfulness. Teachers who are using YogaBugs’ virtual sessions in schools have praised adult wellbeing sessions as an ideal starting point for their mindfulness journeys. By incorporating adult yoga, relaxation, and mindfulness practices into their lives, teachers can reduce their stress, irritability, anxiety, and depression.
YogaBugs equips teachers with preventative mental health techniques to combat burnout. Below are some additional recommendations for preventing burnout:
- Take a walk during lunch breaks to get some fresh air
- Talk to colleagues and friends about your emotional state
- Learn to refuse requests when necessary
- Slow down and take a moment to observe your breath’s rhythm.
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