Happy, healthy people are more effective teachers and more productive members of society. Yet, an increasing number of teachers are suffering stress-related illness and burnout. Some of these educators struggle through at a reduced capacity, but quite a lot just leave the profession altogether. Many educators put everyone else's health and happiness before their own, because they just want to make a difference. However, it backfires because the external expectations and demands of the job keep increasing regardless of the dwindling reserves of teachers. This podcast aims to facilitate and contribute to the conversation about teacher wellbeing, positive schools and burnout prevention, to inspire and empower educators of all kinds to take back control of their health and happiness by being proactive about their wellbeing, and to give teachers permission to put themselves first, so that they can go on making a difference long into the future.
From teaching with panic attacks to a Masters in Wellbeing: Ellie's teacher story
In this episode of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast I interview Ellie, a high school teacher who decided to take a break from teaching in 2021 after a particularly challenging year health wise in 2020. Ellie is a parent, a teacher and is also studying a Masters in Educational Leadership specialising in Wellbeing. We talk about her journey balancing teaching, parenting and studying, and the decision point that led her to taking a break from teaching after experiencing panic attacks and reaching the point of dreading going to work. Ellie tells us what she did to get support and support herself, as well as what she's been learning about teacher wellbeing in her Masters. Ellie has also kindly agreed to do some specific episodes on some of those learnings later in the season as guest host while I'm off on Maternity leave, so stay tuned for those upcoming episodes.
This episode of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast is brought to you by the Resilient Teacher Roadmap self-paced ecourse: https://selfcareforteachers.com.au/roadmap
Self-Care is a Chore + Welcome to Season 9
Welcome to Season 9 of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast! Self-care is so often sold to us by Instagram influencers and companies that want to sell us goop to put on our faces as some lovely indulgence. But that's rarely been my experience. It's also not the kind of self-care that I advocate for, or that underpins my work here at Self-Care for Teachers. My experience of self-care, the kind that I've found most revolutionary in my life, that I teach my clients and that I see making a difference for them is the kind of self-care that is a bit of a chore.
By the time you hear this, I will be on maternity leave, but this season of the Teacher Wellbeing podcast will be going out fortnightly while I'm in my baby bubble. I've recorded some great interviews for this season so I hope you enjoy them.
Resilient Teacher Roadmap self-paced eourse: https://selfcareforteachers.com.au/roadmap
My online shop: https://selfcareforteachers.thinkific.com/collections
Waiting list for working with me in 2022: https://mailchi.mp/33f69a083043/work-with-ellen-waiting-list
You Are Not Lazy, You Are Tired
Gentle reminder, dear teacher: You are NOT lazy, you are tired. There is a very real difference!
In challenging times, it's normal to have less energy than usual. Our capitalist culture has conditioned us to connect our worth to our productivity, but your worth is NOT determined by how much you can get done. It's ok if you feel that you have less capacity right now, that's to be expected.
You are NOT lazy, you are tired, and there is a very real difference. You are doing a good job in really tough circumstances AND it's ok if you're not as productive as usual.
Coming up in September: 30 Days of Self-Care Challenge (Workbook and Private Podcast Audio Course) Sign up at www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/challenge
Strategies for Wellbeing in Lockdown
7 strategies for looking after your wellbeing in lockdown
The challenges of lockdown and remote learning have been a common topic of discussion in my coaching sessions with teachers in recent weeks.
Here are some of the things they've shared that have been helpful for them:
1. Keep to a routine
2. Plan something to look forward to daily
3. Take a break from social media
4. Get outside/get fresh air
5. Express the mix of feelings that come up
6. Help others
7. Give yourself self-compassion
Have you tried any of these?
What have you found helpful to support your wellbeing in lockdown and during remote learning?
Find the show notes at www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/podcast
Stick to the schedule reduce the scope
Today I'm talking about what to do when the term gets busy and you are tempted to skip the self-care and wellbeing practices in favour of powering through that never-ending to-do list. It's so tempting to let the habits fall by the wayside completely and then the next thing you know it's holidays and it's been 6 or 8 weeks since you payed any attention to your own needs. But there IS a better way!
Sign up for the Resilient Teacher Roadmap course waitlist: www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/roadmap
Self-Care for Teachers 2021 Announcements
Announcement: I'm pregnant and taking some maternity leave from mid September 2021!
Therefore, not sure if I'm doing another regular season of the podcast this year. For now I'm going to do an occasional bonus livestream series and rebroadcast it on the pod. It's not ideal but it's all I've got in me atm. So every few weeks expect a bonus pod ep with the audio of FB or IG live session. Follow the podcast in your favourite pod app: https://pod.link/teacherwellbeing
It also means there are only 3 months left to sign up to coaching with me as I will be closing my books a couple months before I take maternity leave. Since my coaching is always in a series and you can't do one off session sunless you're a previous client, I'll need to start the last coaching series group in term 3 so make sure if you have been thinking about signing up for coaching do so or wait until this time next year! Also I'm changing things up with the discovery calls due to an unfortunate run of no shows and so it's one free appointment only, if you miss it without communicating then it will be a fee before you can rebook. Webinars are free and there is a recording so you don't have to be there live but discovery call not so much. Read more about my coaching and sign up for a free Discovery call at https://selfcareforteachers.com.au/coaching
Also, the resilient teacher coaching program will not be running again this year because I'll be on maternity leave in term 4 but I am going to do something special in term 3 on the topic of resilient teachers so stay tuned and make sure you're on the waiting list to hear about that! Sign up for the waiting list at https://selfcareforteachers.com.au/resilientteaacher
The plan is to run the full program again in Term 1 2022 with it being the only way to work with me in person in first part of next year but no promises, I will see how things go with Bub! Get on the waiting list anyway and you'll get updates about it.
School Wellbeing Champions: I haven't been able to progress that as much as I'd hoped because I've been so unwell but I haven't forgotten and I am definitely planning on doing something with that later this term or in term 3 so make sure you're on the regular newsletter list for that too if you're interested in being a school wellbeing champions.
Also, I'm keen to make my School Wellbeing Sessions PD options as accessible as possible to Rural, Regional and Remote schools because I know there are extra challenges there with accessing PD compared with those of you in metro schools. So I'd love to hear about your challenges with accessing PD in RRR areas, keen to help address some of those in my trainings, so let me know at email@example.com if that's you!
Also you can always sign up for the Freebies Library and take the Teacher Wellbeing Personal Quiz, both are free.
Freebies Library: https://selfcareforteachers.com.au/library
I loved the analogy of the falls prevention class and the insights into what really defines balance. This episode let me recall that I have a choice about how to approach my profession, which is really empowering.