How Can Teachers Look After Their Mental Health?

Jun 09, 2023

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions, but it can also be stressful and demanding.

As a teacher, it is essential to take care of your mental health to avoid burnout and maintain a positive work-life balance, especially with recent turbulence in the education sector due to strikes in action of unfair pay.

Why is Mental Health so Important for Teachers?

Obviously mental health is an extremely important aspect of anyone's life, no matter their profession, however teaching is unique because poor mental health not only affects the individual, but also potentially their students who are reliant on the teacher for guidance and learning assistance.

Here are some simple steps to ensure you’re looking after your own mental health, allowing you to be the best teacher you can be:

Set boundaries

Teachers often work long hours, and it can be challenging to switch off from work mode. Setting boundaries is essential for maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Set a time to switch off your work phone and computer, and avoid checking your emails after a certain time. Setting boundaries will allow you to have time for yourself and your loved ones and prevent burnout.

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is a powerful tool for reducing stress and improving mental health. Taking a few minutes each day to practise mindfulness can help you feel more relaxed and focused. There are many mindfulness techniques that teachers can try, such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga.

Stay connected

Teaching can be a lonely profession, and it is essential to stay connected with colleagues and friends. Joining a teacher support group or attending professional development events can help you connect with other teachers and share ideas and experiences. Staying connected can help you feel supported and less isolated.

Take breaks

Taking regular breaks throughout the day can help you feel more energized and focused. Schedule breaks into your day, and use this time to rest, stretch, or take a short walk. Taking breaks can help you recharge your batteries and be more productive when you return to work.

Seek support

As a teacher, it is essential to recognise when you need support and seek help when you need it. Reach out to colleagues, friends, or family members if you need to talk. Additionally, many schools and education authorities offer employee assistance programs or mental health resources for teachers.

Prioritise self-care

Self-care is essential for maintaining good mental health. As a teacher, it is easy to put others' needs before your own, but it is crucial to prioritise self-care. Take time for yourself each day, whether it's reading a book, taking a bath, or doing a hobby you enjoy.

Focus on the positives

Teaching can be a challenging profession, and it is easy to focus on the negatives. However, focusing on the positives can help you maintain a positive attitude and improve your mental health. Take time to reflect on your accomplishments and successes, and celebrate them.

In conclusion, teaching is a rewarding but challenging profession, and it is essential to take care of your mental health.

DMS

DMS thankfully can help teachers with the planning, implementation and recording of educational activities via our technology solutions, already widely adopted by the education sector.

New resources that release teachers from the front of the classroom, transform data admission and revolutionise the act of learning, mean teachers are now more in control than ever of their day and curriculum, benefiting them with the peace of mind and freeing up of time to ensure they can look after themselves also.

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