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Stress, Compassion Fatigue & Self Care: Teachings for the Teacher

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Sandy Vaughn

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Stress, Compassion Fatigue, & Self Care: Teachings for the Teacher
Mindfulness Exercise
Stress & Compassion Fatigue
Stress: a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.

Compassion fatigue: a combination of physical, emotional, and spiritual depletion resulting from the demands and stress associated with caring for others (sometimes called vicarious trauma).
What are your top teacher stressors?
What's your teacher stress score?
How does all the stress affect us?
Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
75% to 90% of all doctor's office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace. Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually.
The lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50%, often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions.
(WebMD. 2014)
What about the teaching field?

Nationally, the average turnover for all teachers is 17 percent,
in urban school districts the number jumps to 20 percent
one-third of all new teachers leave after three years
46 percent are gone within five years
teacher attrition has grown by 50 percent over the past 15 years
The "revolving door"....
Why? What are the top things or rewards about teaching that keep you going when times are tough?
But.... You're still here! Yay!
Thank YOU!!!!
Top stressors from the literature:
NCLB/CCSS mandates
Lack of adequate preparation for dealing with the kinds of learning and behavior problems that students present with in the classroom.
Lack of autonomy
Lack of support
Lack of opportunity to engage in meaningful exchanges of ideas
Interpersonal conflict (students, teachers, parents)
Underfunded, underpaid
Lack of Influence and Respect

Online: http://www.pedagonet.com/brain/teacherstresstest.html
U.S. Department of Education's 2005 examination of departures:
Thirty percent of teachers left in 2003–04 because of retirement
56 percent left citing job dissatisfaction and a desire to find an entirely new career
NEA (2008) "Why They Leave" http://www.nea.org/home/12630.htm
Between 20 and 30: Chances are that you are non-productive or your life lacks stimulation.
Between 31 and 50: You demonstrate a good balance in your ability to handle and control stress. Keep up the good work. Teaching must be a rewarding career.
Between 51 and 60: Your stress level is marginal and you are bordering on being excessively tense.
Above 60: You may be a candidate for heart disease. Consult your doctor.

How does stress impact you? (physical, emotional, etc)
Prevention Strategies:
Exercise & good nutrition
Time with friends/family
Extracurricular activities
Spirituality or Religion
Colleague consultation, support
Others from your list....

Intervention Strategies (from research):
Therapy/support group/helping professional
Medication consultation

Coping with stress & impacts:
prevention & intervention
What other strategies do you already use to cope with all the stress??
What's one idea or thing you can take with you from today?
Coping with stress: WOT
What are some indicators of stress?
Negative self talk, doubt
Head/neck aches, grinding teeth
Increase of a Normal Habit or Addiction
Decreased Appetite or Overeating
Increased Heart Rate, Breathing or Sweating
Trouble Relaxing, Sleeping, Fatigue
Excessive worry/Rumination, Anxiety
Irritability/Anger, Moody
Emotional ups/downs or numbness
Coping with stress in the moment: Exercise
In pairs:
Share what you tend toward- hypER or hypO arousal?
Select 1 item from list to try (tell partner which one)
Think of a recent stressful situation that still has charge & share with partner
Share 3 things you notice in your body related to this stress
Once in touch with feelings, try the 1 item (may help to close your eyes to focus)
Notice any shifts of changes
Sandy Vaughn, LCSW, PPSC
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