YOUR WELL­BE­ING TIPS LIAN ED­U­CA­TION REPORTER

While the onus is also on Govern­ment, in­di­vid­ual schools, prin­ci­pals and lead­ers to im­prove work­ing con­di­tions, we asked what tips and tricks you have for deal­ing with the day-to-day.

The Australian Education Reporter - - TEACHER WELLBEING -

Talk to a trusted ex­pert col­league, phone a help line, or ac­cess DOE Teacher Well­be­ing re­sources. Pri­mary School Prin­ci­pal, NSW

Speak to your line man­agers early if you are un­der pres­sure. Quite of­ten they can help in many ways. “How do you eat an ele­phant?” Very slowly, one lit­tle piece at a time. Pri­mary School Prin­ci­pal, WA

Talk to col­leagues, leave week­ends for other ac­tiv­i­ties, and learn to switch off emails af­ter hours. Sec­ondary School Deputy Prin­ci­pal, WA

Speak up. De­velop deep and trust­ing re­la­tion­ships with peo­ple (in­clud­ing su­per­vi­sors). Be open and hon­est about your strug­gles and needs. Use ev­ery­one you can (fo­rums, Face­book groups, etc.) and don’t for­get that we have EAPS through the De­part­ments (free coun­selling ser­vice). Pri­mary School Teacher, NSW

Talk with one an­other. Pro­vide space to just talk through is­sues. Sec­ondary School Head of Depart­ment, SA

Put your hand up and ask for help, or say if some­thing is too much! Pri­mary School Teacher, TAS

By plan­ning with like year lev­els you can share the work­load, plan­ning, and re­source creation. Pri­mary School Teacher, WA

Be or­gan­ised. Have a plan of things to do ev­ery day. Ac­cept that you will never fin­ish your job list. Re­mind your­self that the job we do as ed­u­ca­tors is so im­por­tant. Sec­ondary School Prin­ci­pal, WA

En­sure you pri­ori­tise what you need to do each day. Be kind to your­self and don’t feel guilty about go­ing home at rea­son­able hour. Pri­mary School Deputy Prin­ci­pal, QLD

Know when to say no! Set bound­aries. Set lim­its on your time and work to pre­vent school tak­ing over your per­sonal life. Bal­ance is key. Sec­ondary School Teacher, NSW

Ac­cess your em­ployer’s well­be­ing pro­gram. Plan small breaks for your­self in each day. Give your­self per­mis­sion to stop work - ‘close your files’. Pri­mary School Teacher, VIC Join an on­line net­work for sup­port out­side of your school. Pri­mary School As­sis­tant Prin­ci­pal, VIC

Use the re­sources avail­able to you. Recog­nise the warn­ing signs early and act. Don’t leave it too late. There are al­ways peo­ple will­ing to as­sist and point you in the right di­rec­tion. Sec­ondary School Head of Depart­ment, NSW

Teach­ing is a long term strat­egy game, aim for small, con­stant and never-end­ing im­prove­ments steps (Small CANI steps) rather than great les­sons. And talk to other staff about their strate­gies for manag­ing. Sec­ondary School Teacher, SA

Look for the pos­i­tive in the many won­der­ful chil­dren we teach. Ig­nore the un­re­al­is­tic de­mands of par­ents. We only see our stu­dents for a short time each day, try to make the most of it! Sec­ondary School Deputy Prin­ci­pal, NSW

Try to keep your fo­cus on your class and try not to worry about other peo­ple and what their classes are do­ing. Pri­mary School Teacher, VIC

Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, es­pe­cially Yoga. Don’t try to change the world, just make small ad­just­ments. Sec­ondary School Head of Depart­ment, SA

Don’t be afraid to take a ‘men­tal health’ day if you need it. Some­times, you have to take care of your own well­be­ing be­fore be­ing able to take care of oth­ers. Sec­ondary School Head of Depart­ment, VIC

Down­load mind­ful­ness app, try hard to make time for your­self, get some sleep! Pri­mary School Prin­ci­pal, WA

Get in­volved in staff well­be­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties. Sec­ondary School Head of Depart­ment, WA

Breathe. Go for a walk. Find some­one to talk to. Sec­ondary School Head of Depart­ment, QLD

Prac­tice breath­ing ex­er­cises stress is inevitable. It is im­por­tant that you have tools to be able to deal with the stress and pos­si­ble anx­i­ety when it hits. Sec­ondary School Teacher, NSW

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