Stress Management in Schools
Erasmus+ course summary
Stress, with its specific combination of cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioural response, has a positive and a negative side: a result of a stressful experience can be loss of health, but we can also feel more powerful, resilient and compassionate. Comprehensive (holistic) stress management strategies are important protective factor for successful and satisfying work of teachers and other professions, among which the most widely recognised is mindfulness. Mindfulness helps us to replenish our internal resources and increase our psychosocial hardiness and resilience. When faced with stressful situations in school, it helps us be aware of and connected with whatever is happening inside and around us. On the other side, our diverse competencies will give us strength to initiate change when appropriate.
"The stronger person is not the one making the most noise but the one who can quietly direct the conversation toward defining and solving problems." – Aaron T. Beck
Mobilize your internal and external resources in stressful situations.
A holistic stress management sees stress not only as a source of a threat but also as an opportunity for progress, mastery and growth.
Training usually takes place between 9:00 am and 14:00 pm, followed by after-class activities, that are optional.
We start off with an introductory meeting, explanation of practical arrangements and presentation of the participants and timetable. The participants are encouraged to express their expectations, needs and wishes regarding the content of the programme and learning methods. *
We then continue with understanding dynamics and characteristics of stress, the role of thoughts, feelings, body and behaviour in stress response. Exploring internal world in stressful conditions – understanding “my patterns.”
Holistic stress management approach.
Mindfulness: building self-awareness and frustration tolerance in stressful conditions.
How to stay calm in a classroom: noticing, accepting and letting go off negative thoughts.
Practicing breathing and self-awareness techniques in a classroom.
Relaxing the tensions: implementing relaxation techniques in a classroom. Sustained attention in classroom: use of mindful walking, drawing and listening.
Building sustainable stress management capabilities for students in the classroom (helping to gain insights into »my patterns«, calming the body, clearing the mind, maintaining emotional balance, building and nurturing kind connections). Supporting students when dealing with stressful (exams, public speaking) and traumatic experience (accidents, losses, violence …).
Self-reflection as a protective factor of self-care. Maintaining newly learned skills in stress management.
The analysis of gained knowledge and skills and key learning points are discussed as well as planning the follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes.
Evaluation and farewell.
Documentation and certificates of attendance.
* Some changes in the programme are possible - the content of the course is always adapted to the participants previous knowledge, expectations and requirements.
The participants receive the Informational Booklet a few weeks prior to the start of the course.