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Supply Teacher Health ‘Affected By Work’


The health of supply teachers around the UK is being seriously affected by the work they have to do, a new survey has revealed – but those concerned about their general wellbeing could give it a boost this year by taking meditation classes.

According to research from the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, 45 per cent of supply teachers questioned admitted that their jobs have had a negative impact on their health and wellbeing in the last 12 months, with 37 per cent saying that their job satisfaction has dropped in the last year.

General-secretary of the organisation Chris Keates commented on the results, saying that teachers are being denied support, training and pay on a routine basis that they are in fact entitled to. “Supply teaching is, by its very nature, often an isolating job but these figures show a worrying rise in stress and drop in morale. Supply teachers provide a vital resource to schools but all too often they are being exploited, often by unscrupulous supply agencies,” he remarked.

Teaching is without a doubt one of the most stressful career paths a person can take, but meditation can do a lot to help you relax and cope with the problems that day-to-day life throws at you. Simply by sitting down to meditate twice a day for between 20 and 30 minutes each time, you will find that your mind becomes much clearer, your memory improves and any mood swings you might be experiencing evaporate. Everyone has worries, that’s inevitable, but it’s how you manage them and control them that can make a real difference to your life.


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