Episode 24: Stress Relief

Free Guides:

Examine your Thoughts

Who Are You, Really? 12 Prompts to Create Self-Awareness

Thoughts That Build Resilience

Weekly Time Blocking Planner

Boundary Setting Cheat-Sheet

Understanding Imposter Syndrome


Connect with the hosts:

Madel Mazzella:
Instagram: ⁠@madelmazzella
TikTok: ⁠@madelmazzella⁠
Website: madelmazzella.com

Kaitlyn Rapai:
Instagram: @the_teacher_burnout_coach
TikTok: ⁠@kaitlyn_rapai_coaching⁠


Show Notes

  • Stress could be a habitual way of feeling and our default response when coping with life.
    • Especially if we’ve experienced a lot of chaos growing up. 
    • Responding by stressing out could be a very familiar feeling and way of handling things or not handling them actually.
  • A typical response to handle stress is something in our coaching world is called buffering:
    • Grabbing a drink
    • Binge watching something on TV
    • Scrolling mindlessly through social media
    • Procrastinating
    • Blame
    • Eating too much or snacking on sweets or chips or whatever your snack of choice is
    • … anything that allows you to avoid facing the situation that’s causing stress.
  • The first thing we can do to handle stress is to identify what’s causing it by breaking it down
    • Having someone who can offer an objective perspective is essential because we’re sometimes too invested in our own way of thinking and can’t see another way.
    • First: We separate the circumstance from the thought.
    • Identify the meaning you’re assigning to the circumstance and ask yourself if it’s true. 
    • Ask yourself if there’s any other way of thinking about it. 
    • Ask yourself what else is true.
  • Having a life coach or someone you trust to help you separate thoughts from facts can be beneficial as oftentimes it can be difficult to zoom out and see things differently.
  • A coach can help you process hard feelings. When we avoid feeling hard feelings all we’re doing is pushing them down or resisting it. Nevertheless, they don’t disappear. Processing feelings is an essential part of doing the inner work of learning and growing.

Don’t forget to subscribe to Teacher Thrive on your favorite podcast platform to receive updates on new episodes. If you find this podcast valuable, please leave a review and share it with fellow educators who are seeking to thrive in their teaching journey.

Original Music by: Matthew Dotson

Cover Art by: Nate Rapai

[Disclaimer: Any views or opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of any educational institutions or organizations. This podcast is presented solely for educational and entertainment purposes. The hosts are not licensed therapists and their opinion does not substitute the advice of a physician or other qualified professional]