5 tips for teacher wellbeing
It's Friday afternoon and the end of another busy week. Both you and your class are tired and are counting down the minutes until the weekend. Every teacher knows the feeling.
Teaching can be one of the most stressful jobs. Passionate about empowering the next generation, teachers don’t always look after their own wellbeing. These 5 tips will hopefully help.
1. De-Stress Time
While this is going to look different for everyone, the common feature will be the time we choose to invest. Here are some ideas to get started.
Go for a walk – 10 minutes in fresh air can be enough if you’re pressed for time)
Breathe – close your eyes and take ten deep breaths.
Limit screen time – step away from your computer, phone and other screens periodically
Tune out – we find a good set of headphones can increase the soothing nature of music.
2. Talk About it
Talking through your struggles with another teacher, friend or mentor is not only an effective way to resolve your problem but a great way to look after your wellbeing. If you don’t have someone available or don’t feel comfortable speaking to those who are, help (and a listening ear) is always available at Lifeline by calling 13 11
3. Positive Work-Life Balance
Connection is generally seen as a positive but being available online 24/7 can evaporate your time away from school and lead to stress and burnout. If required, place an automated response on your emails so everyone knows you are unavailable and when to expect a reply.
Learn (and love) to say “No”
While among some of the best multi-taskers, teachers are also humans with limited capacity. People must understand when you don’t have time for another classroom initiative or activity. Be open to suggestions but learn to know your limits.
4. Look After Your Physical Self
Sleep – To boost productivity throughout the day, adults need between 7 – 9 hours of sleep a night.
Diet – A balanced diet helps your body (including your brain) to function at its best. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water!
Activity – 30 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity (enough to get your heart rate up) 3-4 days a week can lead to increase mental functioning.
5. Be Mindful
There are many different ways to practice mindfulness. It’s important to remember that it is not necessarily a perfect serene state despite your situation, it’s the ability to be calm in the middle of the storm.
One simple application can be to begin and end each day by practicing mindfulness. From guided meditations to breathing exercises, the practices can be as simple or complex as you like. Why not think about involving your whole class in your efforts – you may be surprised by the increased focus it can create.