Teaching and Nursing are two professions which are extremely challenging in modern times. We can help you to cope with the stresses and strains of life as a teacher, by visiting your school and running a free one month course in meditation.
There would be five weekly meditation sessions, each of approximately 70 minutes. These would start after school at a convenient time, say 3.45 p.m. or 4.00 p.m. The course size would normally be 8-12 people. Non-teaching staff at the school could also attend.
It would also be possible for staff to attend a more advanced course later on, for learning to teach meditation. This would last for approximately four months. The course size would normally be 12-16 and sessions would last for 75 - 90 minutes.
Text from a document called 'Tackling Stress - 2007 Update_PB', on the NUT website:
"Finally, TUC surveys of union safety representatives in the education sector have consistently found stress to be the health and safety issue of greatest concern, with nearly three-quarters of safety representatives citing it is as the most significant hazard facing workers in schools and colleges in 2004."
"The human consequences of this excessive stress on teachers are serious and wide-ranging, and can include physical symptoms such as headaches, raised blood pressure, infections, digestive disorders, heart disease or cancer; mental health symptoms such as withdrawal, poor concentration, anxiety, depression, insomnia, 'burn-out' and an increased risk of suicide; and behavioural consequences such as low self-esteem, increased drug or alcohol intake and deteriorating personal relationships leading to family, relationship or career problems."
"Stress causes difficulties too in teacher recruitment and retention, with many teachers choosing to leave the profession in the face of levels of stress which they find overwhelming. One recent survey found that 40 per cent of teachers currently in the profession expected to have left teaching within the next five years, and of those anticipating leaving, excessive workload was cited as the main reason amongst the under 50 age group."
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