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Start The Year Healthy and Happy: Nurturing Your Mental and Emotional Well-being as a Teacher

About 9 months ago By Michelle Tilley

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With the dawn of a new school year on the horizon, teachers across the UK are gearing up to create another year of meaningful and transformative learning experiences for their pupils’. As you embark on this exciting journey, it's essential to prioritise your own mental and emotional well-being. Teaching is a rewarding and impactful profession, and by taking care of yourself, you can ensure that you're bringing your best self to the classroom. In this blog, we'll celebrate the strengths of educators, provide strategies for enhancing your mental and emotional health, and equip you with a collection of resources to support your holistic well-being.

Recognising Your Strengths: The Resilience of Educators


Educators are remarkably adaptable to changing circumstances. This skill has been especially evident in the face of the recent shifts in teaching methods and classroom dynamics.


Your capacity to understand and empathise with your pupils’ needs is a cornerstone of effective teaching. This empathy also extends to your colleagues and contributes to a supportive school community.


Teachers are known for their creative approach to lesson planning and problem-solving. This ingenuity keeps lessons engaging and fosters a love for learning in pupils.

Strategies for Nurturing Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

Cultivate Gratitude: Embracing the Positive Aspects of Your Journey

Cultivating gratitude begins with acknowledging the positive moments that make teaching worthwhile. Each morning, take a few moments to reflect on the aspects of your teaching journey that fill you with gratitude. Whether it's a pupil's "aha" moment, a supportive interaction with a colleague, or a lesson that went exceptionally well, these moments reaffirm your passion for education. Consider keeping a gratitude journal to record these instances, creating a tangible reminder of your profession's positivity. Focusing on these small victories, you'll start your day with a positive mindset that can influence your interactions and experiences. This handy Gratitude Journaling Guide is a good starting point to Learn how to start and maintain a gratitude journal.

Building Meaningful Connections: Strengthening Your Support Network

Building connections with fellow educators who share your aspirations and values can provide invaluable support and camaraderie. Seek opportunities to connect, whether through formal professional development events, casual meetups, or online platforms dedicated to educators. Engaging with like-minded individuals allows you to exchange ideas, share challenges, and receive advice from those who understand the unique demands of the profession. These connections can blossom into solid support networks, reminding you that you're not alone in your journey and providing a space to celebrate successes and navigate obstacles together.

Practicing Mindfulness: Moments of Peace in a Hectic Day

Mindfulness practices offer a calm refuge amidst the hustle and bustle of teaching. Dedicate time each day to mindfulness exercises, such as deep breathing, meditation, or even a quiet walk. During these moments, focus on your breath, sensations, or the environment around you. These practices help anchor you to the present moment, reducing stress and enhancing your ability to respond thoughtfully rather than react impulsively. As mindfulness becomes a part of your routine, you'll find that it improves your emotional regulation, increases your resilience, and fosters a greater sense of overall well-being. You can use mindfulness apps such as Headspace or Calm.

Setting Realistic Goals: Celebrating Progress and Growth

As you navigate the school year, break your teaching and personal goals into manageable steps. Establish both short-term and long-term goals that align with your aspirations. Each time you achieve a milestone, take a moment to celebrate your progress. Recognise that growth is a journey, and by acknowledging the steps you've taken, you'll build a sense of accomplishment that fuels your motivation. This practice enhances your self-confidence and reinforces the idea that every step, no matter how small, contributes to your development as an educator.


Embracing Self-Care: Nurturing Your Well-being

Prioritising self-care is vital for maintaining your mental and emotional health. Engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Whether reading a book, cooking a favourite meal, taking a leisurely walk-in nature, or practising a hobby, these activities recharge your energy and enable you to bring your best self to your role as a teacher. Remember that taking care of yourself isn't selfish; it's a necessary step to ensure that you can continue to impact your pupils’ lives positively. This website explores psychologist-recommended self-care activities.

Celebrating Learning Moments: Focusing on Growth

In the journey of education, it's easy to become fixated on outcomes and results. However, the heart of teaching lies in the learning process itself. Embrace a mindset that celebrates the moments of growth and discovery in yourself and your pupils. Recognise that setbacks are learning opportunities, and successes are worth celebrating, no matter how small. Shifting your focus to the learning journey creates a more positive and enriching teaching experience for yourself and your pupils.

As the new school year unfolds, apply these strategies daily will make you better equipped to face challenges, nurture your passions, and create meaningful connections. Your journey as a teacher is one of continuous growth and transformation, and by nurturing your mental and emotional well-being, you're ensuring that you'll have the strength and enthusiasm to make a lasting impact in the lives of those you teach.