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 

Workshop Workbook

Teacher Wellbeing and Diversity Manual

The Wellbeing Recipe Book

Compiled by members of the PDST Primary Health and Wellbeing Team 

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.

 

 

Wellbeing in the Workplace Poster Self-care flyer for Teachers

 

 

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.

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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.

 

 

Move

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

 

 

Nourish

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

 

 

Breathe

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

 

Empathy Day Invitation Empathy Day Activities Empathy Day Resources

 

Read Watch Visit

Get Ireland Active - National Physical Activity Plan 

Healthy Ireland - A Framework for improved Health and Wellbeing 2013-2025

Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles in Post-Primary Schools Circular 51/2015

Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles in Primary Schools Circular 13/2016

Wellbeing Guidelines for Primary Schools

Wellbeing Guidelines for Post Primary Schools

A beautiful life Video Clip
 

A Lust for Life

Sonima

Your Mental Health

Workplace Wellbeing

Bord Bia Gardening Tips

Food Matters

Aware

 

 

Further Support

INSPIRE WORKPLACES

(formerley Carecall Wellbeing) 

For FREE, confidential and immediate support call:

1800 411 057