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Staff wellbeing: Complete the stress cycle and avoid burn-out

Stress hormones have an important job to do, but they are not designed to stay in our systems permanently. Emily Kenneally offers seven ways to complete your stress cycle and three tips to avoid burn-out


Our 2022 Teacher Wellbeing Index found that overall stress levels have increased when compared to 2021, with 75% of teachers and education staff describing themselves as stressed.

An even higher percentage (78%) said they experienced mental health symptoms due to their work (see Headteacher Update, 2022).

The truth is our bodies are not designed to cope with a constant or long-term presence of stress hormones. These hormones are messengers, intended to be present in the body for short periods. Their long-term or chronic presence in our bodies can have significant health consequences. Both physically and mentally.

While it is clear that it is time to invest in the education workforce and to remove the well-documented drivers of significant stress in the system, it is still helpful to know how to protect yourself and your colleagues against stress and burn-out.

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