If You Only Make One Change This School Year…RELAX!!!!!! Stress Reduction by Joel Wagner - September 28, 2008August 5, 20167 Nothing in the classroom is worth added stress in your life. Nothing.Â If you only make one change this school year…Relax! I know so many band directors (and other teachers as well, but mostly band directors) who get so incredibly worked up over their jobs that they lose their health, marriage, youthful physique, energy, or alienate their own children. Why? Because of their own selfish pride. Just because nothing catastrophic happens this year doesnâ€™t mean that nothing will. Stress can be cumulative in your life and may be building up and festering over a period of a handful of years. The best solution is to stop. Now. How do we avoid stress? I have written at great length about this in the past, so instead of rehashing the entire month-long series I did on it in the past, Iâ€™ll direct you toÂ 25 Tips For Less Stress and let you take it from there. The list of tips is: Drink Water Wake Up Earlier Eliminate Junk Food Increase Healthy Foods Kill Your TV Declutter Your Desk Declutter Your Desktop Declutter Your Inbox Declutter Your House Declutter Your Car Reduce Paperwork Reduce Responsibilities Reduce Phone Calls Reduce Possessions Reduce Your Lifestyle Deepen Your Relationships With Family Deepen Your Relationships With Friends Deepen Your Relationships With Students Deepen Your Relationships With Coworkers Deepen Your Relationships With Books Only Work At Work Work Only At Work Work Hard At Work Don’t Take Work Home Play At Work Joel WagnerJoel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.