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International Day of Happiness

These days, it is not uncommon for educators to experience stress, especially during challenging times such as the COVID-19 pandemic, changes in education policies, and other external factors. The stress level can vary depending on several factors, such as workload, resources, and support systems. Recent studies and surveys conducted have looked into the stress levels of educators.

According to a national survey conducted by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in 2017, 61% of educators reported that their work was always or often stressful, compared to 30% of adults working in other professions. The survey also found that the top sources of stress for educators were related to job accountability, including standardised tests, teacher evaluations, and lack of support from administrators.

Another study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology found that teacher stress levels increased over time, with teachers who had been in the profession for five years or less reporting less stress than those who had been in the profession for more than five years. The study also found that work overload, time pressure, and lack of administrative support were significant sources of stress for teachers.

Overall, it is evident that stress is a prevalent issue among educators. Educators play a crucial role in shaping the future of society by educating and nurturing young minds. Therefore, it is essential to address educators' stressors and provide them with the necessary resources and support to thrive in their profession.

CCE Finland’s self-care to creativity programs have helped educators find ways to manage their stress effectively by utilising zing self-care strategies, seeking support from colleagues, and maintaining a positive work-life balance. However, on this International Happiness day - with the help of experts, let's find out ways to combat this stress which can be the result of various factors such as high student-to-teacher ratios, administrative demands, lack of resources, standardised testing, and long working hours.

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Simran Ballani,

Pedagogical Director,

CCE Finland

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