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10 Ways to Deal With a Director's High Stress

14 Nov 2016 1:34 PM | Anonymous

Being a Director is stressful.  We all have days that are considerably more challenging and stressful than others. Unfortunately, stress is hard on both your mind and body.

Too many high stress days can really take its toll. And what’s worse, you could even become so used to being in this “high state of alert” that you start to feel like it’s normal! Don’t let this happen to you.  Your family and center need you.  More than that you should take care of yourself, before you take care of others.

It’s important to develop some techniques that help you relieve stress and strengthen your self-soothing abilities.

When you're struggling to stay calm, relaxed, and focused, try some of these strategies:

1.     Breathe deeply. Breathe in for 5 seconds and hold it for 5 seconds. Now exhale for 5 seconds. Do this 10 times and focus only on your breathing. These breaths should only be slightly larger in volume than a normal, relaxed breath.

2.     Take a walk. Practice the breathing technique above during your walk, focusing on your breathing, walking, and surroundings. Nothing else should enter your mind. If your mind insists on wandering to non-productive thinking, you might have to simply keep repeating, "Taking a step" to yourself over and over.

3.     Get some exercise. Any time of day is a good time to exercise. Comfortably tired is what you're looking for. Work out your frustrations by going for a run or swim. Hit the weights and show them who is boss. Any exercise will do as long as there is some intensity involved. Shuffleboard isn't going to cut it.

4.     Sit outside. A little time at the beach or park can work wonders. Find a relaxing spot with pleasant scenery. Pay attention to what's going on around you and keep your mind off your challenges. Even 10 to 15 minutes can greatly reduce your stress.

5.     Take a day off. Everyone needs a break once in a while. However, on your day off, it’s important to avoid just sitting around and brooding about all of your current difficulties. Take your mind off of things and have some fun. Lose yourself in activities that you enjoy.

6.     Read. Find something engrossing to read. The ideal book would be able to take your mind off of things for a few hours. Ask your friends for some recommendations, or if you're like most people, you probably have a couple of books on the shelf that you've never gotten around to. Now is the perfect time to read it.

7.     Listen to music. Again, it should be something engrossing that really captures your attention. Don't be afraid to get up and dance; no one is watching anyway.

8.     Disconnect. No phone and no computer. Turn off everything that connects you to the outside world. Then you can really relax. Stay offline for as long as you can.

9.     Take a nap. There's no better way to start over than to take a nap. When you wake up, it feels like another chance to start your day over. What happened before your nap is in the past! Now you can deal with it and move on.

10.  Hang out with people that are fun. Get the gang together and meet for a drink. Or have dinner with the friend that always makes you laugh. It's easy to get caught up in our own little world. Being with others can jolt you out of that perspective.

Don't let high stress get you down. The key is to actively do something about it. Some people develop a habit of being paralyzed when things start going sideways, but this does nothing to make you feel better or solve your stressful issues.

Actively relax so you’ll be better able to tackle your challenges. Use these tips to minimize the pressure and anxiety you're feeling and take control of yourself and the situation. Dealing with your challenges effectively is crucial to living the peaceful life you deserve.

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  • 17 Nov 2016 10:03 AM | Binshow P Wang
    If a director has a good helpers, then she/he will not be stressful. However, the reality is not all the teachers or cook or floating teachers will do their jobs well or even go extra miles for the children. In childcare field , it is really hard to find a good teachers who know how to do their job with low pay. That's the parents complaints coming from and the short of staff came out.
    To relief the stress, the director need to be open minded, happy mood type person. After the situations, body and brain could automatically resume, not overnight.
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    • 27 Nov 2016 7:29 AM | Anonymous
      Learning to respond to situations as supposed to react to them has always worked for me. At the end of the day when dealing with staff and parent concerns we all appreciate a great listener, who is humble, caring and has a plan of action. We are prime examples to our parents and teachers alike and we have to be understanding and supportive. As for me, going to the gym has been my stress reliever. With the right motivation, respect and overall supporting and coaching your staff even your worst employee can be a team player and give over 100% percent efforts for the kids not for us. After all, they are in this field because they do love the kids and want the best for them. Protect your students, your school and your staff and you will succeed---stress free!
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    • 03 Dec 2016 2:16 PM | Carrie Casey
      It is true that flexibility increases your ability to handle stress.
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