Teacher Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing National Seminar - 6th May 2017

The Health and Wellbeing National Seminar takes place on Saturday 6th May 2017, in the Kilashee House Hotel, Kildare. Entitled The Power of Habits - working from the inside out towards healthier and happier lives, this unique seminar features a keynote address by Ciara O'Donnell alongside a variety of workshops including Appreciative Inquiry; Mental Health - A Whole School Approach; Mindfulness; Restorative Practice; SPHE - an integrated approach through the Visual Arts; Yoga and Meditation; Physical Literacy; Creativity and Connection; Exercise, Behaviour and Wellbeing in the Classroom; and HSE - Health Promotion School. Workshops are aimed at both teacher wellbeing and student wellbeing, attendance is FREE of CHARGE and this event is open to both Primary and Post Primary teacher. To print the flyer for your school, click here. 

We look forward to welcoming you!  

 


 

Guided Meditations 

 

 


Introduction to Teacher Wellbeing workshops 2016-2017

This series of workshops explores the concept of wellbeing and how teachers can be supported in maintaining and developing their wellbeing. It is recommended teachers attend both workshops. Participants will develop a toolkit to comprise a range of strategies towards benefitting their personal and professional life. Participants receive an accompanying workbook to compliment the content explored during the workshops. You can download this workbook by scrolling to the bottom of this page. You can also apply for in-school support for your staff in the area of Teacher Wellbeing here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Teacher Wellbeing

The holistic development of the person is encompassed in the ethos of all schools and the impact that teachers as professionals can and does have on the young people in their care is instrumental to their development. 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.

 

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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How can I improve my wellbeing?

Follow the link 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.

For Wellbeing interventions click here

 

 

5 A Day for keeping mind and body happy and healthy

 

To celebrate World Mental Health Week, Dr Gillian O’Brien, Director of Education and Training in Headstrong wrote this piece on your five-a-day guide to keeping mind and body happy and healthy.

The five-a-day for physical health which involves eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day is a useful framework which we can borrow to help us in thinking about how we can be proactive in taking care of our mental health.

The UK-based New Economics Foundation outlined five key ways to wellbeing based on up-to-date evidence about what promotes and supports our mental health and wellbeing. This is a five-a-day guide for minding our mental health.

 

1. CONNECT

Our relationships with other people are fundamental to our sense of wellbeing and happiness. Our close relationships with family and friends can yield love, support and a sense of meaning in our lives. Our wider social networks create in us a sense of belonging. So it makes sense that we work on strengthening our relationships and on making new connections.

For example, talking with others should be an everyday event. Conversations don’t have to be all about the difficulties. We need to tell one another about the enjoyable events too.

Knowing when to disconnect is vital too. Being fully present in the company we are in, without the distraction of phones, tablets and other devices, helps to deepen our sense of connection. The ever-growing number of ways in which we can connect with one another means that we are in danger of privileging the quantity of our connections over their quality.

What helps you to grow healthy connections with people in your life?

 

2. BE ACTIVE

Experts have shown that exercising releases endorphins in our brains that make us feel good. Being active doesn’t have to mean going to the gym, competing in triathlons or wearing Lycra.

There are many ways to build activity into our daily lives and it’s about discovering something we enjoy doing and then building it into our routine.

Engaging in exercise can present us with opportunities to meet new people, to engender a sense of belonging, to give us a much-needed break from a stressful day and, above all, to make us feel good about ourselves. Regular exercise is also linked to better sleep which, in turn, is important for helping us to maintain good mental health.

Which ways of being active do you enjoy?

 

3. TAKE NOTICE

We can all get caught up in the relentless busy-ness of modern life. We can become intoxicated with the chatter of the mind. How often are we mind-full as opposed to mindful? Taking a few moments to focus our awareness on what is going on within us and what is going on in nature around us can work wonders for our mental health.

It can free us up, even briefly, from dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. It can help us get more out of our day- to-day lives.

What do you notice about where you are and how you feel right now?

 

4. KEEP LEARNING

Learning exposes us to new ideas and helps us to stay curious and engaged. It may also give us a sense of accomplishment which, in turn, can boost our confidence.

Learning does not necessarily have to involve lectures, books or traditional teaching methods. It can often take place through doing.

For some, it might involve being shown how to Skype a loved one on the other side of the world, for others it is watching a documentary and for others still, it is experimenting with a new recipe. New learning can happen all the time if we are open to it.

What have you learnt or tried out for the first time recently?

 

5. GIVE

Doing good is good for us. Helping others makes us feel needed and valued; it can reinforce social connectedness and give us a sense of purpose – not to mention the benefits for those we help and the wider benefit to communities by contributing to a more compassionate society.

Giving ranges from simple, spontaneous acts such as paying a compliment or holding open a door to more structured and significant commitments such as volunteering. What have you done recently to make someone happy or to help others?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are some other useful links to websites that might be of interest or help with regard to teacher wellbeing

www.carecallwellbeing.ie

www.teachercpd.ie

www.tacklebullying.ie

www.mentalhealthireland.ie

www.reachout.com

www.headstrong.ie

www.nutritionandhealth.ie

www.spunout.ie

www.webwise.ie

www.irish-counselling.ie

Further Support

INSPIRE WORKPLACES

(formerley Carecall Wellbeing) 

For FREE, confidential and immediate support call:

1800 411 057

The purpose of the EAS is to provide teachers and their family members with easy access to free confidential counselling and to assist in coping with the effect of personal and work related issues.