We all start the school year full of optimism. Having recharged over the summer break we return to our classroom, put up new displays, sort out resources and promise that this year will be different. We will keep on top of homework, not let marking build up and perhaps promise to leave school behind when we go home. Inevitably as the year progresses these good intentions slip.
Despite late evenings in school, a further hour or 2 at home preparing for the next day followed by an early start the following morning and working through lunch… there still doesn’t seem enough time. Tiredness and irritability inevitably surface. Teachers can often feel isolated in the classroom, particularly if they work through lunch and get straight on with marking after school – non-productive meetings get in the way and feed the perception of increasing workload.
Imagine you’re in the middle of a lesson and a child does something to cause a disruption. Because you are tired, you might react badly and then feel a tightening in your chest and your mouth seems dry. You spend the rest of the day wondering if you could have handled things differently and beat yourself up for not staying in control.
There is always plenty of advice from colleagues who all appear to be able to cope better than you, but in my experience there is no magic solution and losing control has happened to us all. Incidents in a classroom are useually a culmination of many factors, not least of which is your mood at the time. Children are very perceptive and in some cases will pounce if they sense you are not at your best. But just imagine if you could train yourself to respond differently when a difficult situation occurs. To pause, control your body’s ‘fight or flight’ response and thereby manage your body’s natural response to a perceived ‘threat’. To have in your mind a mental image of calmness that you can call on at any time. As soon as this mental image is recalled it will trigger positive feelings that will flow through you allowing you to react differently and remain calm . You will then be able to deal with the situation in a more measured and appropriate manner. Even just forcing yourself to take a few deep breaths can work wonders.
This ability to trigger a calm mental image can be achieved through hypnosis. Positive images can be created in your powerful subconscious which, when recalled, will immediately trigger calm feelings and help you remain in control of your emotions.
Or why not listen to one of my FREE teacher calming sessions