Teacher Wellbeing

 Numerous studies have shown that, above all other factors, it's the teacher in the classroom who inspires, cultivates and enthuses learning. A teacher affects eternity, and can never tell where their influence will stop. In our unflinching efforts to enrich the lives of our pupils, every day, our role as the teacher has become extraordinarily busy. The role of the teacher has now gone far beyond teaching and learning in the classroom, teachers need to be supported in these varied and ever evolving roles from class teacher, tutor, to counsellor and confidant to our young people. Thankfully there are many CPD opportunities for teachers to support their roles including and very importantly in the area of Teacher Wellbeing.


When you’re busy, it can be hard to find the time to take proper care of yourself. However, self-care is not a reward for hard work, it is part of the process. It’s the careful repetition of simple habits, which work together to soothe you and make sure you’re at your optimum—emotionally, physically, and mentally. Implement simple self-care habits every day by regularly including in your life a little bit of love and attention for your own body, mind, and soul. 


Schools can apply for in-school support in the area of Teacher Wellbeing. Your Advisor will tailor the support to meet the bespoke needs of your school. To apply for this in-school support, click here. To access and download a range of resources to support your wellbeing, click on the images and links below. 

Resources to support Teacher Wellbeing  



Introduction to Teacher Wellbeing Workbook


Teacher Well-being and Diversity

The Wellbeing Recipe Book


Minding Your Wellbeing/Teacher Wellbeing
This workbook was designed to accompany the PDST Teacher Wellbeing workshops and contains a range of activities and supports aimed at supporting teachers. This workbook explores the concept of wellbeing and how teachers can be supported in maintaining and developing their wellbeing. It outlines a toolkit that teachers can adopt to develop a range of strategies towards benefitting their personal and professional wellbeing. This manual was compiled by Dr. Carol O'Sullivan, MIC. It calls on teachers to reflect on their own sense of wellbeing and to acknowledge the importance of wellbeing in their personal lives. Part one explores the concept of wellbeing across the educational spectrum. Part two looks at how to operationalise teacher wellbeing in schools and part three presents a selection of practical activities which teachers can use on their own, with colleagues, in their classrooms or with parents. Food plays an integral part in maintaining a sense of wellbeing.Whether it’s eating a healthy and nutritious meal, sharing stories with family and friends over a hearty meal or indulging in a treat to mark a special occasion, there is always healing in food. The PDST Health & Wellbeing team have created this recipe book which is bursting with our favourite recipes.There are plenty of delicious recipes to choose from to help keep the sunny side out and energy levels boosted. A new video-based mental health wellbeing programme from called Minding your Wellbeing is now freely accessible. This evidence-based programme from HSE Health and Wellbeing provides an unique opportunity for people to learn more about mindfulness, gratitude, self-care and resilience.

Wellbeing in the Workplace Poster Self-care flyer for Teachers


New Resource - Affirmation Cards for Staff Wellbeing 


Guided Meditations 



What is wellbeing and why is it important?

In its simplest form, wellbeing is your ability to feel good and function effectively.  It gives you the resources to navigate the highs and lows we all experience in our work and in our lives, whilst enabling you to intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically ‘flourish’. As a result, studies are finding people who have higher levels of wellbeing reap all sorts of benefits. They are more resilient and have more energy, they are healthier and happier, and they are more productive. Despite your best intentions, we understand that finding the time and energy to look after yourself is challenging. Here, we outline small, practical, excuse-proof steps you can take to improve your chances of consistently flourishing.  And yes, while looking after your physical wellbeing definitely helps, did you know that even just a few minutes each day genuinely connecting with people you value, finding heart-felt reasons to laugh, and doing more of what you do best can also have a significant impact? Every step you take can be in the right direction.


Wellness at Work Newsletters


How can I improve my wellbeing?

Follow the links below to discover wellbeing interventions that we feel might be of benefit to you. Start by selecting one intervention that appeals to you in each wellbeing area - work your way through until you find something that's a good fit for you. A word from the wise... don't try them all at once! Don't be shy, link up with your colleagues for support - ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine.




Workplace Movement

The lunchtime mile

Are you moving enough?

The movement pyramid


Activity Tracker 2020

One step at a time

Couch to 5k


Tips for budding runners


Find your Local Parkrun

Workplace Wellness Challenges

Stretch it out

Online Yoga Classes




Good Food on the Go


Domini Kemp Healthy Granola Bar


Catherine's Kitchen

How much sugar is in your drink?

Safefood Sugar Guide

Optimum Nutrition

A glossary of superfoods


Daily Checklist

Food Shopping Card

Irish Heart Foundation

The Right Start - 30 Healthy Breakfast Ideas


Neven McGuire Breakfast Guide




Everyday Mindfulness 

Simple practices to suit your busy lifestyle



15 Seconds of Mindfulness

Positive Strategies to Avoid Stress, Anxiety and Burnout


Sleep Guide

5 ways to improve your emotional health


Little Things Posters


10 Minutes to Reflect on Your Day

How Meditating at Work is Good for You


Learn how to Meditate anywhere, anytime

Sleep Well

The good rest guide


Healing Gardens

Finding calm outdoors




Wellbeing in the Classroom

Standing Tall

Prevent back pain with good posture


Personal Care Plan

Safe, Healthy Classroom

Ergonomically optimize your workspace


Self-Care Printable

Physical Wellness at School

Tips for Teachers


To do List Printable

Breathe Easy

Mindfulness for children

Practising Gratitude

Speak Easy

Voice Care for Teachers



Employee Assistance Sevice (EAS) Offers advice and support on a range of issues.