I’ve never understood the expression “Those you can’t do, teach” because teaching is honestly one of the most important and most difficult professions out there. Not only are teachers responsible for molding young minds, but they spend more hours a day with kids than their parents do. If it weren’t for teachers, society would be at a standstill.
Think back to your grade school days. Yes, we all had those teachers who were less than our favorites, BUT we also had teachers that taught us the life lessons we still carry with us today. One psychology teacher’s helpful stress-relief methods are going viral thanks to a grateful student.
High school student, Alina Ramirez of Oxnard, California is taking an intro to psychology class.
Alina’s professor Brett Phillips is particularly inept at helping his students cope with real life issues.
Phillips told BuzzFeed News he designed his curriculum for his psychology class so that the “Stress and Health” unit would come first in the school year, as seniors are dealing with college applications and other stress factors during this time.
Ramirez and her fellow classmates were given Philips now-famous list of “ways to cope with stress.”
This is the 10th year Phillips has handed out this helpful list to his students. Ramirez highlighted some of her favorite tips and raves about her teacher’s ability to relate to his students.
“He knows how stressed we are with school, sports, work, and life in general, so he gave us the paper to help us, and just to have in case we are stressed,” she said.
My personal favorite on this list is #25 “Pet a friendly dog/cat.” That never fails to take the edge off my stress.
Ramirez was so grateful for her teacher’s list, she shared it via Twitter and it’s since been retweeted over 20,000 times.
Ramirez was pleased to make the resource available to other students as well.
“It has impacted a lot of people,” she said.
Phillips admits he implements several of these tips in his own life.
“I do a lot of the things on the list to enjoy life more myself,” he said, adding, “Life’s short — too much stress will make it even shorter!”
Ramirez continually refers back to this useful list anytime stress starts to overwhelm her.
“Honestly his list has helped me a lot,” she said.