I am a teacher and before every lesson, I have anxiety about the class. Anxiety about not being able to control the students, anxiety that I won't know everything that they ask of me, anxiety that I won't be liked and/or respected. And what is so frustrating is that I feel like I am two different people. My rational side can have an answer for all of those fears and worries I have and yet, I still come back to having those same anxieties. I'm also really hard on myself and if I think I've 'lost' my students. I beat myself up about it for the next couple of hours. I really love teaching but also hate it because of the anxiety. I feel like I am the only teacher who feels this way and it is so isolating - every other teacher looks so confident and like they don't care. There are probably some teachers who would think the same as me as I act confident. I'm just wondering if I am the only one.
Definitely you are not alone.
My daughter had anxiety so bad she no longer teaches. Having been her "rock" for several years I've seen the result of stress in your profession.
According to her at the time some of the issues were
- Doing work for other teachers
- Dealing with parents
- Taking work home
My anxiety peaked in 1987 and I eliminated it by 2012 , fully. That's a long time but there is a number of things that made significant impact early on-
- Had therapy to get issues into proper perspective
- Appropriate medication initially
- Lifestyle changes eg move to the country
- Relaxation techniques
I've listed some threads that can help. Please google and read the first post of each
Beyondblue topic anxiety, how I eliminated it
Beyondblue topic meditation, maharaji he helped me for 25 years
Beyondblue topic worry worry worry
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Im sorry you are feeling this way.
I understand that anxiety can be very difficult to deal with I also suffered with severe anxiety but have now recovered thanks to the professional help I received.
Have you ever been taught how to challenge your thoughts? It’s a very useful strategy.
Have you thought about discussing how you are feeling with your gp and how your anxiety is affecting your life?
You could do a mental health plan with your gp this will enable you to see a psychologist who can give you many strategies to help you to manage your anxiety.
You can learn how to manage your anxiety you just need to learn the tools to help you to do this.
I've lived in a number of towns since leaving the city 35 years ago.
I've found that towns 3500-6000 in population is the best bet. Those towns usually have-
- Medical facilities
- At least one supermarket
- Less than 3 traffic lights
- People like to know you by name
- A large park
- Within 40 minutes of a country city
Country cities seem to me to be just like major cities.
I hope that helps. Good luck.