Self-Care: Putting on Your Oxygen Mask First

Did you know that Penn State University recently published a research article outlining the impacts of stress on teachers? According to their study, teacher stress “compromises their health, sleep, quality of life, and teaching performance.” The good news is the study also cited mindfulness practices as an intervention to help reduce teacher stress.

For some ideas on how to integrate mindfulness into your day and reduce the impacts of stress, check out our Teacher Wellbeing tip sheet!


Read the article summary below:

The Issue

This research brief examines causes of teacher stress, its effects on teachers, schools, and students, and strategies for reducing its impact.

Key Findings

  • Forty-six percent of teachers report high daily stress, which compromises their health, sleep, quality of life, and teaching performance.
  • When teachers are highly stressed, students show lower levels of both social adjustment and academic performance.
  • Interventions on the organizational or individual level, or those that reach both, can help reduce teacher stress by changing the culture and approach to teaching.
  • Programs for mentoring, workplace wellness, social emotional learning, and mindfulness are all proven to improve teacher well-being and student outcomes.

Conclusion
The escalating teacher crisis is affecting students’ educational outcomes, impacting teachers’ health, and costing U.S. schools billions of dollars each year. The authors suggest improving school organization, job demands, support and autonomy, and personal emotional resources for teachers.

Read the full study here.