Your wellbeing as an educator
You may be supporting young people within your education setting who have experienced bereavement and this can be a difficult and sometimes traumatic baseline to manage or support from. It can be difficult hearing the events that have led to feelings of bereavement and recognising your own thoughts and feelings within this caring and supportive role is massively important.
Self-care and supportive environments within education have never been more important with staff regularly managing difficult and stressful situations on a daily basis. Therefore, it has never been more important to be reflective on your own feelings and needs before engaging in support of others. In this rapidly changing world, taking check of what is and isn’t within your control is also important to manage any feelings around anxiety that occur as a result of the unpredictable nature of the world you are living and educating within.
Listed below are some resources for you to engage with your own self-care and that of your team. This includes information on our Spaces for Wellbeing project, which includes information and tools to support using an Appreciative Enquiry approach to co-create a plan for wellbeing in your setting
Education Support has a number of resources on their website for your own wellbeing, including how to look after yourself in the year ahead. Included are some YouTube Videos / Podcasts from an education perspective on the subject.
https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/teacher-wellbeing/id1208484167 (Teacher Wellbeing Podcast)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3pdoe1hfuE – (2020 Teachers on Self-Care)