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    Hi, So I’ve been on placement for a month on my PGCE and have enjoyed it. I’m now about to start teaching lessons and I’m absolutely petrified to the point where I’m dreading going in, can’t sleep, have tension headaches and have a racing heart whenever I think about teaching. I have not had a diagnosis, but I’m almost certain I suffer with some form of anxiety- to which I have started seeing a counsellor for. I just have this huge fear of failure and can’t stop negative thoughts. I worry about every little thing. If anyone can help or offer advice it’d be much appreciated. I’d just love to look forward to going in to school each day!

    My anxiety used to be like that and panic attacks still flare up now and again, I'd recommend Headspace or Breathe, both are free meditation apps and while they're not a cure they may help lesson the intensity of your feelings, I hope things go well for you (I'm sure once you start and get to know the kids you'll be fine) sorry I couldn't be more help
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    There is nothing wrong with a bit of anxiety at first. However, you can't keep it up or it will kill you. I therefore give you permission to fail in your lesson. You will fail. You are going to fail and it is ok. Simply identify why you failed, fix it and do it differently next time. But it is ok. There is no need to lose sleep and by tense about teaching. As long as they are learning and no one dies, there isn't a huge amount that can actually go wrong.
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