"Stress - the confusion created when the mind must override the body's basic desire to choke the living daylights out of someone or something that is causing the stress"
Whilst the quote is amusing, its underlines a serious situation facing many workplaces and industries, particularly teaching, around the world.
At its root, stress is our bodies reaction to change or demand. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences, and will elicit either a mental, physical or emotional response, trigged by a chemical reaction.
Stress is a natural part of our lives, and at times, it is a useful tool that aids in our productivity, helping to protect us and in small doses, it is beneficial to our health. But like all things, stress is best measured out in moderation, and when we overdose on stress, it has significant detrimental consequences for our social, emotional and physical wellbeing.
Here in New Zealand it is term four, and one of the busiest times of the school year. As the countdown to summer holidays, data deadlines, end of year trips, celebrations, rituals and endless seas of paperwork and payroll dramas unfold, it felt timely to revisit the symptoms of workplace stress, and remind all you fabulous people of a few ways to keep on top of it all. Remember, not long now and it will pass. Hang on in there - who you are makes a difference!!