Less Stress: Deepen Your Relationships With Friends Stress Reduction by Joel Wagner - October 23, 2007July 5, 20100 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17 Some of the greatest stress relief I have had since moving away from my family has been with friends. Either other teachers as well as church friends or even other friends you have met through other social activities. Maybe hooking up with college or old high school buddies. Whatever it is, hanging with friends is a great stress reliever. Just sitting and talking about things unrelated to school can be great. Sitting and talking about things related to school can also be great. I learn a lot from my teacher friends. Some of my greatest learning experiences are when I am trying to help them solve a problem they are having. I have come up with many marching band solutions while eating a salad at IHOP. If you are struggling to find time for any fun things, make it a priority to clear your schedule and go hang out with a friend of yours. Maybe someone you haven’t seen in a while or just someone who needs a friend to take them out. If nothing more, go find a young teacher in your school who needs a new friend. There are bound to be more than a few out there. Reach out and make someone’s day. 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.