Back to School Wellbeing Tips for Teachers
It’s back to school time and juggling the competing demands of our lives both in and out of the classroom means we often forget to take care of our own wellbeing. As teachers, we put in longer hours than many others in the UK workforce and as a result, experience considerably higher rates of behavioural, psychological and physical symptoms due to work than other UK employees. These findings, from a report published by Ofsted, only reaffirm the importance of prioritising our own wellbeing – not only during the holidays, but crucially during term-time as well.
We asked teachers to share their favourite wellbeing tip to motivate fellow educators for the new school term. Read on for inspiring, uplifting advice to help you navigate the year ahead.
Thank you to all the teachers who shared their tips with us: @teacherwellbe, @SaysMiss, @MsHMFL, @MrTs_NQTs, @leadingspark, @eenalol, @ReallyschoolK, @MrsHumanities, @tin_teacher, and @Doc_mermaid. We hope this selection reminds you to look after yourself this year and make time to reflect and recharge.
Which piece of advice resonated with you? Please share your top tips in the comments below to inspire even more teachers.
Further teacher wellbeing tips and advice
For more help and support, check out the following websites:
This organisation offers mental health and wellbeing support to all education staff and organisations, as well as a 24/7, 365 days a year, free helpline available to all teachers, lecturers and staff in education.
The legacy project of the Heads Together mental health campaign, also offers advice and guidance on how schools can best support staff wellbeing.
A children’s mental health charity that provides school-based support and in-depth training programmes to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.