Teacher Wellbeing

Feb 18 2021 32 mins 138

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.





My favourite episode: The Invisible Work of Teaching (Replay)
Feb 18 2021 42 mins  
The Teacher Wellbeing Podcast is turning 4! In celebration of this milestone, I'm sharing a replay of S05 E04 from 2019. This is my absolute favourite episode of the last 4 years, and it's also the episode I've had the most feedback from listeners about. This really resonated with you then, and I think it will resonate with you now too. The School Wellbeing Champions meetup is on again, on the 10th and 13th of March 2021. Head to selfcareforteachers.com.au/wellbeingchampion to find out more! Despite the jokes that teaching is 9 - 3 with 12 weeks holiday a year, we know it to be otherwise. We know that the work starts well before 9am, finishes well after 3pm and that large parts of those holidays are usually spent working too. We also know that workload has been increasing over the last 10-20 years. The introduction of new improvement measures such as Professional Standards for Teachers and the national curriculum, as well as the impact of NAPLAN and the My School Website have resulted in more administrative work, much of which arguably has little to do with the actual running of a classroom day to day. There is a vast invisible workload required of teachers today, much of which isn't only invisible to the general public but it's also going unnoticed and unacknowledged by us too. As well as the administrative requirements of the job, the mental load of running a classroom and the emotional labour inherent in the role are increasing too. This episode is about that invisible work, and while there are no quick fixes, I offer some steps to take to help survive and practise self-care in the process. The Teachers Thriving list of Employee Assistance Services Mental load cartoon by French Cartoonist Emma, in the Guardian Mental load ABC article by Leah Ruppannah BBC Emotional labour article Toggl App The work hours tracking sheet on the Self-Care for Teachers Freebies Library Books mentioned: "The Wife Drought" by Annabelle Crabb and "Your Money or Your Life" by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez











A New Year Message For Teachers
Jan 03 2021 2 mins  
Happy New Year! You did it, you made it through 2020, the weirdest, hardest year yet. Wherever you are in the world, I want to acknowledge the huge challenges and upheaval 2020 brought and give you a big pat on the back. Well done, it is no mean feat. So we find ourselves in 2021 and I wonder if perhaps your social media newsfeed and email inbox is filled with messages about how unworthy you are, how you need to punish yourself for any pleasures or indulgences over Christmas and the holidays, and overhaul you entire life by January 14 to be enough. Well, this isn't one of those messages. Those messages are utterly wrong and completely crap. You are SO worthy, already and always. You do not have to punish yourself for enjoying yourself, even if perhaps you feel you over did it a bit. And you most certainly do not need to overhaul any part of your life by January 14 to be enough. You are enough. Already. Always. If you'd like some gentle support in being proactive about your health, wellbeing and resilience this year then I invite you to enrol in the Self-Care System Mini-Course and Healthy Habits Planner. We're having a live 2021 Vision Workshop tomorrow, Tuesday 5th January at 10am QLD time. Enrol here: http://selfcareforteachers.com.au/self-care-system Whether you're into resolutions and goal setting like me, or whether you think the New Year is just an arbitrary date, please take some time to encourage and nourish yourself this month. And as always, remember that you are a person first and a teacher second and you are SO worthy of your own care x


My Predictions for Teacher Health and Wellbeing in 2021 (Season 7 Finale)
Dec 18 2020 34 mins  
In this episode I'm sharing my predictions for the 2021 trends in the teacher health, wellbeing and resilience space in Australia (and beyond). This is also the last episode of Season 7 and for 2020. I will take a little break and see you in 2021! My predictions are: 1. Schools are taking on board the wellbeing message and doing SOMETHING but it will continue to be hit and miss. 2. Wellbeing Champions continue to grow and be driven by staff instead of leaders. Individuals are making impacts in the schools and communities where they live. 3. Education policy and Department expectations will continue to be problematic but also continue to acknowledge the need for teacher wellbeing. At least they're paying lip service now? 4. Unions will continue to be necessary but as we saw with Qld this year, people are unhappy with the result. We can acknowledge things would be worse without the unions fighting for us and still be unsatisfied 5. Teacher Wellbeing/Wellness businesses are increasing in quantity. It's great that there are more options for teachers, some are more rigorous than others so just make sure you do your homework. 6. Positive Psychology/Positive Education will continue to dominate the teacher wellbeing conversation, and complementary approaches are still very small percentage of the landscape but growing I think. 7. Student Welfare/Wellbeing will continue to be given more attention at the national level which means it's up to us to keep reinforcing the message that student wellbeing and teacher wellbeing are intricately linked. Hence the increase in School Wellbeing Champions! 8. The overall school staff health and wellbeing movement is well under way. It is mainstream now even if still a long way to go. It will continue to grow and be driven from the bottom up by individuals out of necessity. 9. Teachers are taking their own health and wellbeing into their own hands and investing their own money, energy, time, resources. This doesn't replace the need for the school-wide, state-wide and national initiatives, however it is excellent that teachers are no longer waiting for others to do something about it and prioritising themselves. Make sure you're following me @selfcareforteachers on IG and subscribed to the #teacherwellbeingpodcast in your favourite podcast app because I have some exciting things coming in January. Grab the Self-Care System Mini-Course and Self-Care Planner/Habits Tracker via the link below to help support yourself over the school holidays to have a more wellbeing and less fatigue, more resilience and less burnout in 2021. Enrol here: https://selfcareforteachers.com.au/self-care-system It's not a quick fix, it's a system that will teach you to make micro-changes each week and each month so you can make a big difference to your life, health and wellbeing over the course of the year (not just on the school holidays.) As always, remember you're a person first and a teacher second and you are allowed to look after you x














3 Reasons We Need Wellbeing Champion Positions in Schools
Nov 11 2020 37 mins  
I'm sharing 3 reasons why your school needs to have a wellbeing champion role that is focused on teacher and staff wellbeing. First, I acknowledge the Gaibul people of the Toowoomba area who are the traditional custodians of the land on which I am recording this today, where I live and work, and where Self-Care for Teachers operates. I acknowledge their elders past present and emerging and that sovereignty was never ceded. So I invite you to take a moment to acknowledge the First Nations people of the land on which you are standing right now too. So right now I acknowledge this idea of having an official Wellbeing Champion position in schools is aspirational. We don't currently have an official role of Wellbeing Champion or Wellbeing Coordinator or Head of Wellbeing in most schools. Therefore this episode is really more about my vision of what these roles could be in schools, rather than necessarily what we currently have. I'd love for it to be something to spark your imagination and hopefully some conversation in your staffroom. Links mentioned in this episode: •Sign up to The Advocate Newsletter http://eepurl.com/dqyp2n •Book a Free Discovery Call https://selfcareforteachers.as.me/?appointmentType=5675726 •The Freebies Library at www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/library •Cultivating Extraordinary Wellbeing Video Training www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/cultivating •Wellbeing Champions Meetup www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/wellbeingchampion •School Staff Wellbeing & Resilience Sessions: taking bookings for 2021 now! Email [email protected]


How teachers can use writing to support wellbeing, with Beth Cregan
Nov 04 2020 59 mins  
I have a beautiful conversation with Beth Cregan from Write Away With Me. Beth is a teacher and a writer and runs professional development on writing and creativity for teachers as well as teaching writing to students. We talk about how teachers can use writing to support their wellbeing, both individually but also collectively in staff groups, as well as how writing can be a powerful self-care practice. We also discuss how self-care practices really come to the forefront when we're already depleted but that we need to be extra gentle in starting up new practices in challenging times, plus the power of poetry and journalling. Beth also shares some great tips, one of which is called 'The Book of Wonderings', which is really all about how impactful it can be to ask ourselves and ponder on questions. So if you haven't yet listened to last week's episode about Self-coaching Questions for Teachers, I recommend that as a follow up. Also remember you can get the accompanying workbook in the freebies library at selfcareforteachers.com.au/library I recommend doing that soon too because when you sign up for the Freebies Library you also get to then receive 'The Advocate' which is the Self-Care for Teachers newsletter. I have some exciting things coming up in the next few months and early 2021 and I'll be announcing them first to readers of The Advocate, and they'll also get some special early bird options too! Now this episode was recorded late 2019, so when Beth says 'last week she went to rural Victoria', it wasn't actually last week at the time of releasing this in November 2020! And as with Bek's episode a couple of weeks back, there will be no mention of the pandemic in this episode because when we recorded this it hadn't happened yet. Beth tells me that since the pandemic some of the writing programs have moved online. I believe the writing program for students in already online and others are coming soon. The best place to connect with Beth these days is on Instagram @write.away.with.me and there's a Facebook page to follow also. Quick reminder about the Wellbeing Champions Meetups happening in a few weeks time, on the 18th and 21st November. These are for anyone who feels like they are the 'wellbeing person' at their school or who cares a lot about staff wellbeing at work, and so if you're listening to this podcast, that's probably you! So you are invited to this virtual networking event to Connect with others like you from around Australia, go to selfcareforteachers.com.au/wellbeingchampion for more info. If you're listening to this after November 2020 go to that link anyway because there will be more of these events and details will be there. Resources mentioned in this episode: •Teaching with Fire: Poetry that Sustains the Courage to Teach, edited by Sam Intrator and Megan Scribner •Poems by Mary Oliver, including Wild Geese •Poems by David White •The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron •Eat Pray Love and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert


Self-Coaching Questions for Teachers
Oct 28 2020 35 mins  
Today I'm sharing with you 29 questions you can ask as part of a process of self-coaching. Coaching is just a conversation where one person takes on the role of asking questions that help the person being coached to uncover the answers for themselves and sometimes to break out of the thinking patterns and habits and mindsets that they might not have even realised was holding them back or getting in the way of getting what they want. Coaching takes many forms but essentially it's just asking better questions, and you can do this for yourself. It's obviously helpful to have an external person go through this process with you but it is a skill you can practice and improve on, and self-coaching can be a great tool in your wellbeing toolkit that can help you when you feel stuck, when you feel like something has to change, or when you come against a challenge and need to make some decisions. So today I'm going to take you through 29 Questions that you can ask yourself as part of a self-coaching process, or you can also use these with a buddy and coach each other. These are questions that I commonly ask my clients. This is not an exhaustive list of questions you can ask as part of coaching or self-coaching, and of course you don't need to ask all of these either-this is NOT an all or nothing activity. You might even just pick one or two of these questions that really feel like the best fit in the situation and just try them on for size. Some of the questions are in a set that help you look at a situation or topic from multiple angles and the questions go together in a series. There are no right or wrong answers here. This is an exercise is imagination and creativity, in self-discovery, self-awareness and . There's no perfection needed in the way you answer these questions. The way you answer them today might be different to how you answer them tomorrow and that's fine. These questions are about helping you get out of the regular habits of thinking that we often fall into, the stories that we tell ourselves, and the narratives that we're deciding and believing are true. However, these stories or narratives or beliefs are not necessarily reality or how other people involved perceive the situation. So by challenging our habits of thinking we're actually able to see more possibilities than we already can and perhaps to make better or different choices. Links mentioned in this episode: •The book 'The Dance of Anger' by Harriet Lerner •The Freebies Library at www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/library •Cultivating Extraordinary Wellbeing Video Training www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/cultivating •Wellbeing Champions Meetup www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/wellbeingchampion •School Staff Wellbeing & Resilience Sessions: taking bookings for 2021 now! Email [email protected]













A love note for teachers at the end of the weirdest, hardest term ever
Jun 24 2020 15 mins  
You are almost at the end of the weirdest, most challenging term ever. Just in case you haven't paused to acknowledge yourself, take a moment to do so now. This last term has been the biggest disruption to Australia's education system in history. Twice. Across Australia, teachers have never worked harder or had to be more flexible, adaptable and cooperative in the face of some huge challenges and rapidly changing circumstances. Yet, here we are. Just a week or two left until holidays (depending where you are in Aus) and you did it. You have been an integral part of getting this nation through the health, social and economic crises that we are still in the midst of. Join me for this free live workshop series, screening on Facebook. If you can't make it when I go live, then you can watch the replay in the Facebook event. •Take The Australian Teacher Health and Wellbeing Survey: www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/survey •Sign up for the free Teacher Resilience and Wellbeing Workshop Series here: https://www.facebook.com/events/713958529378484/ •The next round of the Resilient Teacher coaching program begins in July so you can get on the waiting list at selfcareforteachers.com.au/resilientteacher Set aside some time in your calendar next week to invest in yourself and your wellbeing going forwards. Whether you join me for the free workshop series or not, please take some time this week to acknowledge all that you have accomplished this term. If you want to, raise it as a topic of shared reflection and celebration in the staff room or with your teacher buddies. Take a moment this week to be grateful to each other and to yourself for making it through this incredible term. This is one for the history books, and you have been a part of it. As always, remember you're a person first and a teacher second and you are SO worthy of your own care x.


Two myths that might be sabotaging your health and wellbeing as a teacher
Jun 17 2020 49 mins  
In this episode I want to explore two myths that are sabotaging your health and wellbeing, and those are the ideas that health and wellbeing is binary and linear. Now, when I say myths, I'm not necessarily talking about mythology, as in The Greek Gods and Goddesses, Hercules and Zeus and Athena and Aphrodite. That's not what I mean. I'm talking about that other definition of myth, which is a widely held belief or idea that is actually a misconception. However, all myths have some truth to them, but to believe them literally is problematic. So, these two myths that I want to share with you today, about binary and linear health and wellbeing outcomes, are things that our culture, our Western Industrial culture really socialises or conditions us to believe as true. We have been taught for our whole lives that life, the world, relationships, health, everything, is binary and that it's linear. And it's not! Links mentioned in this episode: •The Australian Teacher Health and Wellbeing Survey: www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/survey •Waiting list for the Resilient Teacher Group Program: www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/resilientteacher •Get tickets for the Fatigue Resilience Masterclass on Sleep: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fatigue-resilience-masterclass-4-sleep-tickets-104930172972 •Sign up for Replay Week of the Resilience & Wellbeing free Workshop Series: https://www.facebook.com/events/713958529378484/ •Results of the 2018 Survey: https://www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/twps04e03/ •Concept of Tilting



An early career teacher's story of health challenges and workplace bullying + my ongoing commitment to anti-racism
Jun 11 2020 57 mins  
Support the podcast today via Pozible: https://www.pozible.com/project/teacher-wellbeing-podcast-season-6 This is a longer episode, and it's a really really fantastic teacher story. I also share my ongoing commitment to anti-racism work and unpacking my privilege as a teacher and a coach. There are just SO many learnings and I'm so grateful that Tina shared her story with us. Now, like many of my episodes this season, it was recorded before COVID so there's no mention of that at all, but we do talk about people pleasing, boundaries, the challenges of moving away from your support networks for a job, and the challenges and opportunities of living and working in a small town. The two big themes from this episode are around having a safe workplace, and taking care of physiological needs, that bottom level of Maslow's Hierarchy. So Tina shares her experience of being bullied at work, and how as an early career teacher she didn't necessarily know that that wasn't normal, and it was thanks to an older, wiser, more experienced colleague pointing out to her that that was what was happening that she was able to make some decisions about what was right for her. And running alongside that like I said was a whole lot of body messages that were really telling Tina to pay more attention to her basic physiological needs, but like so many of us, it took a diagnosis of a health condition for her to actually pay attention to those messages. We do focus on early career teachers in this episode because Tina is an early career teacher, but I know many aspects of the story will be familiar to people at all stages of life and career. As always, remember you're a person first and a teacher second and you are WORTHY of your own care. May you continue to look after yourself wholeheartedly this year, be a beacon of inspiration for others and an example to encourage your colleagues to do the same.


Staff wellbeing as we transition back to on campus learning, with Katrina Bourke
Jun 02 2020 33 mins  
This interview is with Katrina Bourke of Katrina Bourke coaching, who you may remember from way back in Series 2. We talk about schools around Australia returning to on campus learning for all students, and the way that transition is playing out for teachers and leaders and school staff, and what we can do individually and collectively to support ourselves and each other during that transition and the challenges of the ongoing uncertainty around the way the school system and the COVID-19 crisis will continue to unfold. I really wanted to release this episode this week because I believe it's important, timely conversation for educators as schools navigate this current transition, which is happening right now. But before we get to that interview, I want to take a moment to pause and acknowledge something else happening right now. If you're listening to this episode at the time of its release, in the first week of June 2020, there are protests in the USA this week following the murder of George Floyd in police custody, which is following on from a long list of police brutality against BIPOC, black, indigenous and people of colour, and I want to acknowledge the hurt and trauma and injustice of that. To my US listeners, particularly African American listeners, I am thinking of you. Black lives matter. In Australia, it's also Reconciliation Week and we have our own black lives matter movement because we also police brutality here. According to the Guardian Australia's Deaths Inside project, there have been "at least 432 Aboriginal deaths in custody since the royal commission in 1991." If this is news to you, or even if it's not, I will put a couple of links in the description of this episode that I recommend you read for the Australian context of this, because it gets so little media or public attention here. I acknowledge and recognise the pain and trauma of this injustice for Aboriginal people here in Australia too. If you're following @selfcareforteachers on social media you may have seen that this week I am participating in the #amplifymelanatedvoiceschallenge, which is about centering the voices and lived experiences of folks of colour, so I'm not posting my own content on social media this week. I'm sharing the work of BIPOC teachers and leaders and content creators in my stories, and listening and learning, reflecting on my privilege and how I can unpack that going forwards. This isn't a one and done thing, it will be ongoing internal work for me and for all of us to unravel how society conditions us and what we allow to continue at the expense of black and indigenous lives. I want to say also that I don't need praise for this, it's not about me, and I'm not at all sure of the right response but I know that ignoring this and saying nothing would be wrong. I support the #blacklivesmatter movement, it is a matter of human rights. To my listeners who are white, I invite you to spend some time reading and learning about it, too. Start with the links below and then keep learning, and listening to the lived experiences of folks of colour. Links Ellen mentioned: •Amplify Melanated Voices Challenge by @jessicawilson.msrd and @blackandembodied •Guardian Article about Aboriginal Deaths in Custody •We must bear witness to black deaths in our own country by Amy McGuire •75 things white people can do for racial justice but...


A powerful story about one teacher's year of health & wellbeing reflections (Teacher Story | Melissa)
May 26 2020 49 mins  
In this episode, I interview Melissa, a teacher with a powerful story about taking back control and power and responsibility for own health and wellbeing. Contribute to the Crowdfunder for Season 6 here: https://www.pozible.com/project/teacher-wellbeing-podcast-season-6 I'd love to hear your questions and comments! All the details about how you can leave me a voicemail are here. Links mentioned in this episode: •The Pozible Crowdfunding campaign: pledge today! •Teacher Health and Wellbeing Survey coming soon: listen to the podcast episode about the 2018 survey results here. •Replay Week of the Teacher Wellbeing and Resilience Free Workshops: starts 29th June. It's free, sign up here. •Fatigue Resilience Masterclasses 3 on STRESS •Fatigue Resilience Masterclass 4 on SLEEP •Replays of Fatigue Resilience Masterclasses 1 and 2 can be purchased through the Pozible campaignDid I mention that you should pledge your support for the Pozible crowdfunding campaign for the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast today? 😉 I'd so appreciate if you could do that right now and go and share the link with your teaching colleagues too because podcasts are free to listen to but they're not free to make, and with your support I'm looking forward to finishing Season 6 and being able to follow it up with a 7th Season later in 2020. So thanks in advance for your support of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast, go and pledge right now! As always, remember you're a person first and a teacher second and you are WORTHY of your own care. May you continue to look after yourself wholeheartedly this year, be a beacon of inspiration for others and an example to encourage your colleagues to do the same.


Six educators share their teacher wellbeing wisdom and notes to first-year teacher selves
May 19 2020 43 mins  
Hello everyone and welcome back to Season 6 of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast! I'm so excited to be here and back on your airwaves and in your earbuds every week for the next 10 weeks at least. Today I'm excited to share with you the voicemails that I have received since I asked for listeners to call in and Leave me a voicemail for Season 6 of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast answering this question: "Thinking back on your first year of teaching, what did you learn about staying healthy and cultivating wellbeing as a person and as a teacher? Put another way, what advice would you give your first-year teacher self about staying healthy and cultivating wellbeing as a teacher?" https://www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/voicemail Contribute to the Crowdfunder for Season 6 here: https://www.pozible.com/project/teacher-wellbeing-podcast-season-6 Dear listener, you can still call in and leave me your voicemails because I have loved hearing these answers: •You can ask a question that you'd like me to answer on the show •You can answer this reflective question of what do you wish you'd known in your first year or what advice you would give your first year self •And I'd love to hear from you about your experience in this pandemic. In particular I'd like to spark some reflection for you on what you have learned from this pandemic that you will take forward with you, what you have let go of and or what really matters. I'd love to hear your questions and or your answers and all the details about how you can leave me a voicemail here. Links mentioned in this episode: •The Pozible Crowdfunding campaign: pledge today! •Teacher Health and Wellbeing Survey coming soon: listen to the podcast episode about the 2018 survey results here. •Replay Week of the Teacher Wellbeing and Resilience Free Workshops: starts 29th June. It's free, sign up here. •Fatigue Resilience Masterclasses 3 on STRESS •Fatigue Resilience Masterclass 4 on SLEEP •Replays of Fatigue Resilience Masterclasses 1 and 2 can be purchased through the Pozible campaignDid I mention that you should pledge your support for the Pozible crowdfunding campaign for the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast today? 😉 I'd so appreciate if you could do that right now and go and share the link with your teaching colleagues too because podcasts are free to listen to but they're not free to make, and with your support I'm looking forward to finishing Season 6 and being able to follow it up with a 7th Season later in 2020. So thanks in advance for your support of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast, go and pledge right now! As always, remember you're a person first and a teacher second and you are WORTHY of your own care. May you continue to look after yourself wholeheartedly this year, be a...





My alternative "plea to teachers" as we begin Term 2, 2020
Apr 19 2020 22 mins  
Last week our Prime Minister recorded a message for teachers and I think it's fair to say it had a mixed reception. Today I have a message for teachers that I hope will resonate. I have been hearing from a lot of you in comment sections, in PMs and DMs, and in coaching sessions over the last month and I'm seeing some themes arising that I want to speak to. Some of you began Term 2 last week, some begin tomorrow, some have another week or so to go. In any case, you don't need me to tell you that Term 2 this year is going to be unlike any term ever before... There are A LOT of mixed emotions flying around, and anxiety in particular is contagious. I ask you to be careful and gentle of your hearts and minds, and your social media use. Be mindful of where, with whom and in what digital forums you share and engage with your own and each others' anxieties at this time. In many ways this is a delicate time in terms of teacher status and public perception of the profession. As much as we hope people behave respectfully about teachers, we need to also continue to be professional too. It's not about 'fake it til you make it' or spreading toxic positivity that dismisses the very real troubles going on right now. It's about being caring, compassionate, mindful and measured with ourselves and with each other as a form of self-care and community care at this time. Teachers, I know you are feeling the pressure and many of you will be tempted to throw yourselves into this term in the same way you have every term before: pushing through, soldiering on and ignoring your own needs for the sake of getting the to-do list done. My plea to you this term is that you NOT do that. Maslow's Hierarchy comes before Bloom's Taxonomy for children, and for adults too. Don't let your basic human needs become depleted because you are going to need as many of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual reserves as possible this term. Keep them topped up! Even though the pressure and workload is great, don't let self-care become an afterthought. There's so much uncertainty and some conflicting advice and yes, there are some disappointing messages coming from various parts of the community. Teachers, let's not focus there. Let's keep our eyes and ears and hands and hearts on what matters most, on looking after ourselves and each other, and then doing the best job you can in extraordinary circumstances. I know you can do it and are already doing it. I see you. I believe in you. I am so proud of you. Remember you are a person first and a teacher second and you are worthy of your own care. May you be a beacon of inspiration for your colleagues and encourage others to do the same, now more than ever. x P.S. If you do need extra support with your wellbeing right now, please do reach out. I have a range of on-demand resources--including the Teacher Wellbeing podcast!--plus one-on-one coaching options. Find out more at selfcareforteachers.com.au


Teaching in the time of coronavirus
Mar 23 2020 41 mins  
Hi everyone and welcome to this bonus episode of the Teacher Wellbeing podcast. Today I'm talking about teaching in the time of covid-19. So I am recording this not with my regular mic and it's just raw, imperfect, in-edited and un-produced, because I want to get it into your earbuds as soon as possible. This is being recorded at a very particular moment in history. It's lunchtime, Monday 23rd March 2020 and I'm in Queensland Australia. The Covid-19 pandemic has devastated or is in the process of devastating many countries around the world, including China, Italy, France, Spain, the US and the UK. Here in Australia we have now got more than 1200 cases, are being directed to practice social distancing, various states and territories are closing their borders domestically, and there is a petition of doctors raising concerns that we are heading for the same fate as Italy if something doesn't change dramatically in our response, and yet schools remain open. Last night our Prime Minister held a press conference where he announced sweeping new social distancing measures by closing pubs, clubs, gyms, churches and other public gathering places, but emphasised that schools will remain open. Victoria, ACT and NSW however have split from this in various ways, either announcing school closures this week or at the moment NSW is saying schools stay open but they are urging parents to keep kids at home. Here in Queensland, the Queensland Teachers Union held an emergency meeting this morning and released a newsflash a couple of hours ago demanding that Queensland state schools be closed to students from Wednesday. Whether that happens, remains to be seen. Of course I'm well aware that this all may change, by tonight even, but at the time of recording, that's the situation as it stands. Links mentioned: •My post that went a bit viral on Facebook •Sign up to the Advocate, weekly love note in your email inbox •Fatigue Resilience Masterclass 1 •Coaching Options Coming soon: •Season 6 of the podcast! •New Freebies Library •Resilient Teacher Group Coaching program My tips for coping with anxiety during this are: 1. Don't panic. 2. If you're feeling very anxious, practice lots of self-compassion. 3. Follow the specific workplace advice for your school and workplace - it's different everywhere. 4. Check the advice that your union is giving too. They do seem to have finally caught up and are issuing advice relevant to your state or territory, so check that, it's important. 5. Stay home if you're sick! Do not under any circumstances 'soldier on'. The schoolwork will wait, I promise. 6. If you have underlying medical conditions that already compromise your immune system, do speak with your doctor about how you specifically should prepare for and respond to the virus. If possible get a doctor's certificate stating your need to not be at work and be social distancing right now. 7. Employ self-care strategies for anxiety that work for you. Suggestions include: 8. Meditation 9. Exercise 10. Journalling 11. Talk to a trusted friend/vulnerability buddy 12. Fact Check your thoughts. Is it true? 13. I...




BONUS | Rethinking Teacher Wellbeing and Resilience for 2020
Jan 27 2020 53 mins  
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the teacher wellbeing podcast, and welcome to 2020! The new school year is about to begin and I know that means many of you are in the midst of inservice, professional development, student free days and setting up your classrooms. We're still between seasons of the podcast but in this bonus episode, I am sharing with you the audio from a Facebook live video I did last week. If you're not following me on social media and you're not subscribed to my Self-Care for Teachers newsletter, The Advocate, then you might have missed the free video workshop series I did on Facebook last week. I'm sharing the audio from the first of those workshops here and now on the podcast because I think it's crucial information for all teachers to have in their heads and in their hearts as the school year begins. Catch the Replays of the 5 workshops before they expire here: https://www.facebook.com/1055664167826942/posts/2848161048577236/ Sign up for the Freebies Library here: www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/library Grab yourself a copy of the 2020 Self-Care Planner and Healthy Habits Tracker on my Teachers Pay Teachers store here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/2020-Self-Care-Planner-and-Healthy-Habits-Tracker-4294793 Enrol in the Resilient Teacher Program here: selfcareforteachers.com.au/resilientteacher As always, remember you're a person first and a teacher second and you are WORTHY of your own care. May you continue to look after yourself wholeheartedly this year, be a beacon of inspiration for others and an example to encourage your colleagues to do the same.


BONUS: Are you #teachertired? 3 ways to get more sleep this term + leave me a voicemail!
Oct 16 2019 26 mins  
Recently on the Teachers Thriving Lounge Facebook Group, Trudy from TeachersThriving.com and I spent a good 45 minutes discussing the very important but under-researched topic of teacher sleep, and some strategies you can use to help you get a good night's rest. As Trudy says, "Sleep is the sleeper topic for educators. No-one really is talking about it but it is a big issue." So we know it's a huge problem, but what can you do about it? Well, the bad news is that there are no overnight solutions (pun very much intended!), but the good news is there is a lot you can do to reclaim your sleep and take control of your rest. All you need is your phone or computer and you can leave me a voicemail. You can ask me a question, make a comment about any past episodes, or suggest a topic for a future episode. However, what I'd really love is for you to answer the question below for a special project I'm working on for Season 6 of the podcast. In 3 minutes or less, answer the following question: Thinking back on your first year of teaching, what did you learn about staying healthy and cultivating wellbeing as a person and as a teacher? Put another way, what advice would you give your first-year teacher self about staying healthy and cultivating wellbeing as a teacher? There are a few more instructions on the website which I recommend reading before you do so. I'd love for you to share your lessons and wisdom with listeners of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast! Leave me a voicemail here: https://www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/voicemail/



Quick Update: New Coaching Packages + Last day to get current prices
Oct 01 2019 12 mins  
This is a replay of a Facebook Livestream I did today, which I wanted to share with you because I know some of you are only following me on the podcast, and may not get updates otherwise. The audio quality isn't amazing, but it's good enough and the episode will self-destruct in about a week so listen now while you can! I have half updated my website with my new programs, but the tech is causing me some little issues and I don't want to break the whole website (again ha!) so I will finish updating gradually over the week. In the meantime I wanted to come here and tell you about my three new coaching packages (plus the one old one that has been given a new name!) - Happy Habits Accountability Coaching (same as before!) - Nourish and Nurture Life and Wellbeing Coaching - Teacher in Transition Coaching - Teacher-preneur Online Business Consulting I will honour the old prices for anyone who books a Discovery Call today (as in, you make the booking today, for a time that suits you in the coming months) and then goes on to book coaching within the next 3 months. That means you will get the new packages at the old prices! Booking link for Discovery Call: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=13197589&appointmentType=5675726 In case you don't know, a Discovery Call is a free video conference call where we get to know each other, talk about your life and wellbeing goals, and see if we might be a good fit for coaching. I usually do these calls via a free program called Zoom (a bit like Skype, only better!) and it's a great time for you to ask any questions you may have about coaching, see if now is the right time and if I'm the best person for the job. I'm going to be changing my free Discovery Call process later in the year too, so now's a good time to nab one of these sessions if coaching has been something you have been thinking about.











Life after Teacher, with Gabbie Stroud (part 2)
Jul 23 2019 37 mins  
I think this week's episode is an absolute must-listen for any teacher today. It's Part 2 of my conversation with Gabbie Stroud, author of the best-selling book 'Teacher', and if you haven't yet, I do recommend you go and listen to Part 1 of this interview which is the previous episode on the podcast. In that episode Gabbie told us a bit about her story, we talked about the expectations on teachers and the state of education in 2019 and the visible and invisible work of the job. Plus Gabbie told us how writing the book was cathartic for her and she shared some of her recovery process too. In Part 2, we talk about the 'soldier on' culture in our schools and why that's so dangerous, and how important but also how difficult real rest is. Gabbie also shares very honestly her grief over leaving teaching and the struggles that she's had since then, plus we have what I think is possibly the most important conversation of the year when it comes to teacher health and wellbeing and burnout, which is around financial security. It's something that I just don't think is discussed enough and I'm so so grateful for the absolute honesty that Gabbie displays here. We discuss how when you're at your wits end and physically and emotionally burnt out, you aren't always in a great state to be making wise decisions, and while quitting your teaching job may seem to be the thing you should do because it's causing so much stress, it actually be taking you out of the frying pan and into the fire. We also talk about what's on the horizon for Gabbie, including the book she's writing called 'A letter to the parents of Australia', and what wellbeing looks like for her these days. It's a really great conversation and I hope you enjoy! You can find Gabbie on Facebook or Instagram @gabbiestroud and Twitter @gj_stroud The blog post I mention at the end of this episode can be found here, and you can also check out my Teachers Pay Teachers Store here, or the Patreon page here. Thank you all for your continued support!








Teacher Stories | Elise (Part 1)
Jun 25 2019 31 mins  
In this episode we hear another teacher story, this time from Elise. Elise tells us about some serious health challenges she's faced, including a really important message for teachers about vocal care. We cover so many great points and it was such a good conversation that it actually went for nearly an hour, so I've split it into 2 parts. This episode, part 1, focuses on workplace stuff, the wellbeing challenges and the impact a leadership team that is proactively supportive of staff wellbeing has been. In Part 2 we focus on the more personal wellbeing side of things, and Elise shares some great tips there too, so stay tuned for that next week. Throughout both of these episodes, Elise mentions Katrina Bourke from Katrina Bourke Coaching, who is a friend and supporter of this podcast and has been a wonderful sponsor for a couple of seasons now. I do want to say, though, that this is NOT a sponsored episode, Katrina is not paying me to or Elise to say any of this. This is just a very real and honest testimonial for the power of coaching, and of course for Katrina's wonderful work both with individuals and with school staff. If you'd like to work with me there are a number of ways to do that, with individual coaching or group programs, online resources and also some in person workshops. You can find out more and book a discovery call with me at www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/coaching or sign up for all the resources on the Freebies Library, and stay tuned to the SC4T Facebook page for updates, events and resources. As always, remember you are a person first and a teacher second and you are worthy of your own care x



The invisible work of teaching
Jun 18 2019 37 mins  
Despite the jokes that teaching is 9 - 3 with 12 weeks holiday a year, we know it to be otherwise. We know that the work starts well before 9am, finishes well after 3pm and that large parts of those holidays are usually spent working too. We also know that workload has been increasing over the last 10-20 years. The introduction of new improvement measures such as Professional Standards for Teachers and the national curriculum, as well as the impact of NAPLAN and the My School Website have resulted in more administrative work, much of which arguably has little to do with the actual running of a classroom day to day. There is a vast invisible workload required of teachers today, much of which isn't only invisible to the general public but it's also going unnoticed and unacknowledged by us too. As well as the administrative requirements of the job, the mental load of running a classroom and the emotional labour inherent in the role are increasing too. This episode is about that invisible work, and while there are no quick fixes, I offer some steps to take to help survive and practise self-care in the process. The Teachers Thriving list of Employee Assistance Services Mental load cartoon by French Cartoonist Emma, in the Guardian Mental load ABC article by Leah Ruppannah BBC Emotional labour article Toggl App The work hours tracking sheet on the Self-Care for Teachers Freebies Library Books mentioned: "The Wife Drought" by Annabelle Crabb and "Your Money or Your Life" by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez


Teacher Stories | Kelsey
Jun 11 2019 40 mins  
In this episode I interview Kelsey, a teacher from the United States. She shares with us her wellbeing challenges of being consumed by the job in her first year, and losing her identity as a person. Kelsey then tells us how she has overcome this through intentional personal growth and self-care. We talk about decision fatigue, the power of rituals and routines, and learning to switch off at night. You can find Kelsey at @adventuringkelsey on Facebook and Instagram and also at adventuringkelsey.com Connect with me @selfcareforteachers on Facebook and Instagram and at selfcareforteachers.com.au I also have a couple of announcements! •If you're in South East QLD Miranda from Kickstart Martial Arts and Yoga and I are running another PD, a Teacher Wellbeing Workshop in Toowoomba on Saturday the 29th June, so head to selfcareforteachers.com.au/workshop for the details and to book. Spots are limited so get in quick! •Speaking of events, make sure you keep an eye on the Facebook events list because I'm also running another free online video training on Saturday the 15th June at 9am, if you miss it it will be going into the freebies library so head to selfcareforteachers.com.au/library to check that out! •I'm also currently taking expressions of interest for a new group program I'll be running in Terms 3 and 4 of this year, all about having a better time managing and minding your mind. We touch on decision fatigue a little bit in this episode and I know that is something teachers struggle with, and of course there's a whole lot of other cognitive demands that impact us too, things like focus vs distraction, also called deep work vs shallow work, the mental energy required to be 'on' in the classroom all day versus the type of thinking that's required for planning, preparation, marketing and reporting tasks. Plus just switching off before bed. So anyway, if you're interested in taking part in a pilot program along those lines, send me a PM or a DM on Facebook or Instagram and let me know you're interested in the mind management program, and I'll send through more details. •And last but certainly not least, it's the middle of the year and the end of Term time which is a time often you can feel a bit exhausted and frustrated and just over it. And honestly, that's the perfect time to think about what you want to change. So I'm making myself available for some one-off Reflect + Refocus coaching sessions on the school holidays to help you get clear on what you'd like to change in the 2nd half of the year and how you'd like to support yourself with your health and wellbeing, as a person first and a teacher second. Now these are one offs, no ongoing coaching commitment, just time for your to Reflect + Refocus on you during the school holidays. So head to selfcareforteachers.com.au/coaching for more info on that!




Five steps to changing your health habits and improving your wellbeing as a teacher
May 27 2019 39 mins  
I share 5 steps to changing your health habits and improving your wellbeing as a teacher. When I'm coaching teachers, running live webinars or presenting workshops and retreats, you tell me that your habits are something you know undermines your wellbeing, especially as the busy times of term set in. So hopefully this episode will be quite timely for you and will help you cultivate wellbeing habits that support your health and happiness not just on the school holidays but throughout the year as well. Find some helpful worksheets, including a self-coaching worksheet, a healthy habit tracker and a free training about healthy habit hacks, in the freebies library on the Self-Care for Teachers Resource Room: www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/library I also have some important people to thank. In case you don't know, podcasts are free to listen to but they're not free to make and if you've been paying attention on the socials, you'll know I ran a successful crowdfunding campaign earlier in the year to make this Season 5 of the show possible. I want to publicly thank the people who supported this show via that Pozible campaign. So, a big shout out goes to Naomi Arnold, Jessica B, Penny C, Bek P, Kelsey G, Jessica D, Amanda Rootsey, Leanne, Jess H, Amorina, Marie-Therese, David Masefield, Valda, Karly Nimmo, Naomi C, Sarah P, Phil C, Miranda, Katrina Bourke from Katrina Bourke Coaching, Katie McCray from See Me, Know Me, Teach Me, Jessica Terlick from Lead and Inspire, Trudy from Teachers Thriving and Zoe Eather from My Smart Community. There were also a number of wonderful, wonderful people who contributed to the crowdfunded who wished to remain anonymous, and I completely respect their wish. However, I do want to give them a shout out here as well without mentioning names. So thank you, dear anonymous supporters, you know who you are and I am truly grateful. Notes and links can be found at www.selfcareforteachers.com.au and follow me on the socials @selfcareforteachers If you enjoyed this episode, and especially if it made you think about a teacher that you care about who you think needs to hear this message, please share it with them. Hit the 3 dots on whatever podcatcher you're listening in and share the episode to your socials. Or, send your friends to https://pod.link/teacherwellbeing As always, remember you're a person first and a teacher second and you are worthy of your own care x


Three thinking traps that sabotage your wellbeing (and what to do about them)
Oct 31 2018 39 mins  
This is the last episode of Season 4, and I'm talking about three thinking traps that sabotage your wellbeing as a teacher. I see these all the time and I experience them myself, so don't feel like you're alone in it. Of course it's not an exhaustive list, but these are the top three that I see and I think it's useful to identify them so that we can get out of the trap. I've heard Katrina Bourke say that we have to "name it to tame it" when talking about emotions, and I think it applies here too. Once we're aware of these thinking traps, we can catch ourselves in the act and redirect our thoughts to be more conducive to supporting our self-care and our health and happiness, instead of sabotaging it. May the rest of your 2018 go smoothly and I hope you will join me on the socials and via the newsletter so you can be the first to know about announcements and have access to things like early bird prices for programs I'm running in the new year. Support the show at www.patreon.com/selfcareforteachers and by leaving a rating and review on your podcast app. Reach out if you have a teacher story about health and wellbeing that you'll like to share on the next season of the podcast. Until next season, remember you are a person first and a teacher second and you are worthy of your own care! Find the show notes for this episode at www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/podcast and connect with me @selfcareforteachers on Facebook and Instagram. This episode is sponsored by Katrina Bourke Coaching, helping caring professions create a life of balance and flow. Find out more at www.katrinabourkecoaching.com.au and evolve, transform, thrive.



Integrating Parenting and Teaching, with Clare Crew from Thriving Children
Oct 24 2018 39 mins  
In this episode, I interview Clare Crew, a mother, teacher, speaker and host of the Thriving Children podcast. Clare shares with us some of the ups and downs on her journey of parenting and integrating that with her role as an educator, being still a great teacher while having some energy left for your own children. She experienced post-natal depression in her shift into motherhood, and I really wanted to have her on the show because of course teaching is still a predominantly female workforce and many still think of it as a very family-friendly profession, but it isn't always the case. Obviously every parent's story will be different and there is no one-size-fits-all but as you probably know by now, I think it's important to talk about mental health challenges and also to share a range of different career options for teachers at any stage of life. Clare talks in this episode about the different choices she's made in her teaching career since becoming a parent, and how that's still evolving. I also particularly love her point about superheroes being fictional characters and that we shouldn't compare ourselves to them, or to anyone else for that matter. I hope that you enjoy this interview with Clare Crew from Thriving Children. Find the show notes for this episode at www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/podcast and connect with Clare at www.thrivingchildren.com.au or on Facebook @ThriveEducationAndWellness This episode is brought to you by Daniela Falecki's teacher wellbeing cards. These 52 cards give you simple daily reminders to help better support your wellbeing. Find them and Daniela's other resources at www.teacher-wellbeing.com
























The importance of organisational wellbeing, with Steve Waters
May 09 2018 36 mins  
In this episode of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast, I interview Steve Waters from the Teach Well Alliance in the UK. Steve is a former high school English and Drama teacher, who worked for 30 years in high schools in the UK including as an Assistant Principal. After spending some time in a consultancy role for the district, he began noticing an increasing number of teachers were struggling under the pressures of the job and that wellbeing crises were happening more frequently. He decided to do something about it, and has set up the Teach Well Alliance where he works with schools to help them through a 12-month organisational wellbeing program for staff. The Teach Well Alliance also has a conference coming up in July called Tackling Teacher Burnout, so if you're in the UK keep an eye out for that! In this episode, Steve and I talk about some of the factors that influence organisational wellbeing in schools, the expensive and vicious cycle of high staff absences, and some great tips for early career teachers to help support their wellbeing and practice. You can connect with Steve on Linked In or find out more about his work and the conference at www.teachwellalliance.com This episode is sponsored by the Self-Care for Teachers Resource Room: an online hub for teachers to learn about health, happiness, wellbeing and burnout prevention. Check out the library. It's a collection of free resources that you can use to be proactive about your self-care and wellbeing. Find out more at www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/library


Being the CEO of your life with Lena West
May 02 2018 45 mins  
In this episode of the Teacher Wellbeing podcast, I had a fascinating conversation with business growth coach Lena West about personal leadership and being the CEO of your own life. We talk about what it means to be the CEO of your life, and how you can use the CEO mindset to help support your health and wellbeing. Lena explains why sometimes we need to reevaluate our levels of self-care and shift out of maintenance mode if there is a qualifying event in our life that means we require more. We also cover boundaries, making life changes and new habits incrementally, and why resilience and reframing are so important. Lena also shares a story of a turning point in her life and how a teacher made a big impact on her, which I found a beautiful reminder of the power we all have to impact the people around us. You can connect with Lena via Facebook or email [email protected] "If your needs aren't taken care of you don't have the reserves to even consider someone else's needs because you're in a deficit." ~ Lena West At the start of this episode I also make a few announcements and reminders, including about the second in the free webinar series I'm running called 'Preventing Burnout: Managing Stress'. It will be on May 8th 2018 at 6pm AEST and you can sign up at www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/webinar For full show notes, see www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/podcast This episode is brought to you by Daniela Falecki's Teacher Wellbeing Cards. These 52 card give you simple daily reminders to help better support your wellbeing. You can use them in staff meetings to build positive conversations, or have them in your desk as little pieces of advice to help you through the day. Find these cards and Daniela's other resources at www.teacher-wellbeing.com.au/shop/teacher-wellbeing-cards ​​


Nourishing the mind, body and soul, with Kelly Hine
Apr 25 2018 37 mins  
In this episode, I interview Kelly Hine from Body and Soul Retreats. Kelly has a background as an early childhood educator and university lecturer. She now runs retreats, is a Reiki Master, mindfulness, meditation and self-love teacher. She has an online membership community, Soul Space, which delivers weekly soul-nurturing mini-retreats that blend the best of science and spirituality for a happy, peaceful and meaningful life. I have experienced some of Kelly's meditations at a retreat, and they're just beautiful. I really resonated with Kelly's story in this episode. She describes her younger self as a workaholic, insomniac, overthinking stress head worrier, who loved her job but lived and breathed work, which really took its toll. In this episode, she shares her health and wellbeing journey from there and how meditation and mindfulness helped her heal and create a life of more wellbeing. You can connect with Kelly at www.bodyandsoulretreats.com or sign up for her free mindfulnessresources at www.kellyhine.com Remember you can also sign up for the next in webinar in the Preventing Burnout series at www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/webinar and book a discovery call to find out if coaching is a good fit for you at www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/coaching. And, if you would like to support the show, you can leave a rating and review in iTunes, or become a patron over at www.patreon.com.au/selfcareforteachers and be eligible for the patron-only bonuses. This episode is sponsored by Katrina Bourke Coaching, helping caring professions create a life of balance and flow. Find out more at www.katrinabourkecoaching.com.au and evolve, transform, thrive.


Setting Digital Boundaries To Improve Productivity, Relationships and Sleep
Apr 18 2018 37 mins  
Ever feel like a slave to your email inbox or to those little red notification numbers on your social media apps? I do, and it's something I've been working hard to improve over the last year and a half. In this episode, I share with you the digital boundaries I've been setting up and how they've made a difference in my life, helping improve my productivity, my relationships and my sleep. Social media and email is here to stay, and it's a wonderful thing that we can connect to each other through these mediums at all hours and across huge distances. It's not about removing them from your life altogether, nor is it about implementing the exactly list of things that I've tried in exactly the order I share them. I invite you to simply reflect on your experience of the impact of email and social media on your life and wellbeing, and consider approaching these platforms with more intention and less mindless scrolling. I'm confident that when you do, you'll find more enjoyment in the platforms and your life! At the start of this episode I also make a few announcements and reminders, including about the second in the free webinar series I'm running called 'Preventing Burnout: Managing Stress'. It will be on May 8th 2018 at 6pm AEST and you can sign up at www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/webinar For full show notes, see www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/podcast This episode is brought to you by Daniela Falecki's Teacher Wellbeing Cards. These 52 card give you simple daily reminders to help better support your wellbeing. You can use them in staff meetings to build positive conversations, or have them in your desk as little pieces of advice to help you through the day. Find these cards and Daniela's other resources at www.teacher-wellbeing.com.au/shop/teacher-wellbeing-cards​​



The human element of teaching, with Meg Durham from Open Mind Education
Apr 10 2018 43 mins  
In this episode I speak with Meg Durham from Open Mind Education (openmindeducation.com). Meg was a little girl who always wanted to be a teacher and she grew up to be a Science and PE secondary school teacher. However, despite being extremely excited to begin her teaching career, she describes her first year as an "avalanche". The only way she survived was by napping, and putting her personal life on hold until the holidays. It was an unexpected conversation with a student in crisis that put Meg on the path to a Master's of Student Wellbeing. After a move from Melbourne, VIC to Toowoomba, QLD and from full-time to a 0.7 (or 70%) teaching load, she experienced a marked change to her quality of life, quality of teaching, and life/job satisfaction. One thing led to another and she eventually began Open Mind Education. In this episode, Meg shares about the work she now does with schools, and how she's found there is no one-size-fits all approach. She then goes on to explain why school wellbeing is like a farm and why teacher wellbeing is like a battery. I never metaphor I didn't liked and Meg delivers on the metaphor front amazingly well in this episode! We also talk about the barriers to improving wellbeing, and the importance looking at our psychological fitness in a similar approach to physical fitness. "Imagine what life will be like for you if you show up fully charged for yourself and the people around you." ~ Meg Durham You can find more about Meg at www.openmindeducation.com and for full show notes for this episode, visit selfcareforteachers.com.au/podcast This episode is sponsored by Katrina Bourke Coaching, helping caring professions create a life of balance and flow. Find out more at www.katrinabourkecoaching.com.au and evolve, transform, thrive.




Showcasing Teachers with Trudy from Teachers Thriving
Mar 28 2018 36 mins  
In this episode, I interview Trudy from Teachers Thriving Magazine (www.teachersthriving.com). Trudy is a former Teacher and Principal who now works in a regional support role in Queensland, and has a lot of wisdom to share from her many years in the education system across a variety of roles. In this interview, Trudy shares her own wellbeing journey, including the juggling act of having a family and a career, and what she did to deal with her working mother guilt. We also touch on the problem many teachers face of having trouble sleeping, as well as why Trudy is seeking work-life satisfaction rather than work-life balance. Of course, we also explore the beautiful Teachers Thriving Magazine, which is not like your standard teacher's journal or professional publication that you might find littering the tables in the staff common room. It's a beautiful and very inspiring read and if you're looking for some holiday reading, I highly recommend it. At the start of this episode I also make a few announcements and reminders, including about the free webinar I'm running on April 5th 2018 at 6pm AEST called 'Preventing Burnout: The Missing Link'. You can sign up at www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/webinar For full show notes, see www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/podcast This episode is sponsored by Katrina Bourke Coaching, helping caring professions create a life of balance and flow. Find out more at www.katrinabourkecoaching.com.au and evolve, transform, thrive.


Dealing with difficult people at work
Mar 21 2018 31 mins  
One of the things a lot of teachers tell me is a challenge for them in their personal and workplace wellbeing is having to work with a difficult person. It might be a colleague, a parent of one of the students you teach, or one of the leadership team at your school. If you're feeling stressed, overwhelmed or burnt out, your ability to respond rather than react will be even more limited. So what can you do about it? In this episode, I share a personal story as well as some concepts from author Harriet Lerner (www.harrietlerner.com) about the way interpersonal relationships are like dances made up of predictable patterns of steps. As frustrating as it is, all you can control is your next step in the dance. "There is nothing wrong with wanting to change another person. The problem is that it usually doesn't work." ~ Harriet Lerner in 'The Dance of Anger' At the start of this episode I also make a few announcements and reminders, including about the free webinar I'm running on April 5th 2018 at 6pm AEST called 'Preventing Burnout: The Missing Link'. You can sign up at www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/webinar For full show notes, see www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/podcast This episode is brought to you by Daniela Falecki's Teacher Wellbeing Cards. These 52 card give you simple daily reminders to help better support your wellbeing. You can use them in staff meetings to build positive conversations, or have them in your desk as little pieces of advice to help you through the day. Find these cards and Daniela's other resources at www.teacher-wellbeing.com.au/shop/teacher-wellbeing-cards​




















We Are The Ones We've Been Waiting For
Nov 22 2017 18 mins  
In this episode I share a snipper from the book I'm writing about teacher wellbeing. I also announce some updates to the Self-Care for Teachers Patreon Page. To be eligible the Christmas prize draw, go to www.patreon.com/selfcareforteachers "What got you here, won't get you there. This is fitting for this conversation about teacher self-care on both an individual and collective level. What got us and our education system to this point of mass teacher burnout and attrition will not get us to mass teacher wellbeing and retention. If we keep doing what we're doing, we'll keep getting the results we're getting. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We cannot wait any longer for the powers that be to fix our education system. The only person I have control over in my life is me. The only person you have control over is you. It would be great if we all felt confident and worthy enough to be practising radical, differentiated self-care already, but the fact is that our culture doesn't encourage it. Apart from the school culture in which you work, which is likely permeated by a soldier-on mentality, the culture of the wider community also views self-care as selfish. The only person who can make a real change to this in your life is you. Nobody else has as vested an interest in your health and wellbeing. If you're waiting for or need somebody to give you permission to make you and your health, happiness and wellbeing the absolute priority in your life, here it is!" This episode is sponsored by Katrina Bourke Coaching, helping caring professions create a life of balance and flow. Find out more at www.katrinabourkecoaching.com.au and evolve, transform, thrive.























































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