How to look after yourself this Christmas


Teaching is an incredibly challenging, yet highly rewarding job, and self-care should form an essential part of the role.


There are always challenges to navigate through – none more so than in the last 24 months – and you’ll have undoubtedly adapted to new schedules and different ways of working, not forgetting everything outside of the classroom environment.


With that in mind, primary, secondary and SEN teachers need to ensure that their mental health is not neglected as they seek to deliver the best possible outcomes for their pupils.


Take time to think about you!


Self-care is important for teachers throughout the year, but it can be even tougher as the year draws to a close and the number of tasks and challenges grows.


Taking time to look after your mental health and wellbeing will enable you to thrive in the classroom at this time, as you’ll have the energy and drive to help your pupils excel.


Your daily mental health has a huge impact on your pupils, which is why self-care plays a pivotal role in allowing you to be the best primary, secondary or SEN teacher than you can be.


Pause and reflect


The festive period is not only the perfect time to indulge in chocolate, spend time with families and make snow angels (we wish), but also a time to pause and reflect on the important things around us.


Life can be crazy, especially this time of year. It’s always manic ensuring academic needs are met, helping students negotiate difficulties outside of school, and managing classroom behaviour just to name a few. Nearly two-thirds of teachers experience work as always or often stressful. If we are not careful, it’s easy to go into a frenzy and burn out.


Whatever kind of year you’ve had, there will undoubtedly be many triumphs and setbacks. Each one is an opportunity to stop and recharge, learn to act in new ways, and reflect on the year past. The importance of being reflective and thankful is immeasurable.


Plan ahead


Planning and preparation are vital in alleviating the feeling of being overwhelmed, so you can really benefit by starting to look ahead.


Pencil in calendar dates and think about a time when you can take a short break to focus on your mental health and wellbeing, be it five minutes, or even longer.


You don’t necessarily need to spend too long on such activities, but regular breaks and time focused on you can make a big difference to your overall wellbeing.


Rest. Recharge. Reflect. Have a great Christmas.