Assignment Work Stress Cartoons

Dogtor's Dilemma

J.C. Duffy for Reader's Digest

At least he's honest. These doctor cartoons that will make you laugh through the pain.

For Your Benefit

C. S. Calvert for Reader's Digest

 Trust us.

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Virtually Unstoppable

John Caldwell for Reader's Digest

We all have dreams; some are just more realistic than others.

Who's a Good Salesman?

Joe Di Chiarro for Reader's Digest

"Ruff" day at the office?

Paint Job

Ralph Hagen for Reader's Digest

Now might be a good time to tell you that I'm colorblind.

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Hedge Your Bets

M. Nadler for Reader's Digest

 Don't panic!

Breach of Code

Mark Anderson for Reader's Digest

 Good news: It can stay in Des Moines, too.

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Just Business

NAF for Reader's Digest

All in a day's work.

Heavy Findings

Roy Delgado for Reader's Digest

I'll be carrying it with me for a while.

Only Words

Mark Anderson for Reader's Digest

Sticks and stones.

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Assistant Reaper

John Caldwell for Reader's Digest

Hopefully, she won't make any grave errors.

Part-Time Job

Martha Gradisher for Reader's Digest

It's better than fetching coffee all day, at least.

Send In The...

Nick Downes for Reader's Digest

They look a little funny, though.

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A Practical App

Chris Wildt for Reader's Digest

 Mind. Blown.

Breaking The News

Am Derosa for Reader's Digest

Do you need me to spell it out for you?

Off Sides

John Chase for Reader's Digest

You'll never guess who it is.

Just A Thought

Scott Masear for Reader's Digest

The power of positive thinking can go a long way.

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Mail Sorting

Dan Reynolds for Reader's Digest

 It really is rocket science.

Financial Planning

Mike Lynch for Reader's Digest

 The choice is yours, and the price is right.

Corporate Qualifications

John Caldwell for Reader's Digest

 But it's nothing to brag about.

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Finding a teacher who doesn't feel stressed is possibly like trying to find a needle in a haystack. In fact, a recent survey found that 100% of teachers asked said they suffered with stress and that it had a detrimental impact on their lives, both inside and outside the classroom.

The survey, by Teachers Assurance, also discovered that 83% of teachers feel constantly tired because of their worries; 42% feel less able to do their job as a result and 66% said stress caused them to be less patient with others. Moreover, 84% of teachers surveyed felt they would probably be a better teacher if they were less stressed.

Stress levels are also having detrimental impact on health, with teachers taking on average 13.2 days sick leave, and 76% of teachers agreeing that stress was affecting their health and lifestyle. More men (31%) than women (26%) admitted to suffering stress due to health related concerns.

Some 51% of respondents said work issues had the biggest impact on their wellbeing, creating higher levels of stress than any other area. Changes to pay and benefits were another contributory factor towards high stress levels in the profession, with changes such as pay freezes and pension reforms having an effect on overall stress levels. Some 43% of teachers said they were definitely more worried about finances as a result of the recent changes.

The survey also discovered that secondary school teachers rate themselves as slightly more stressed than those in the primary sector. Teachers were more likely to feel the impact of stress than heads of years, subject co-ordinators, deputy heads and headteachers, with 79% of the 31-40 age group being most keenly aware that stress was having an impact on their lives.

How does stress affect you, both at school and beyond the classroom? Do you feel constantly tired and worry about the impact stress has on your teaching abilities? And how do you cope with the stresses of your job? Please share your experiences with us in the comments below.

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