Better teaching: Teachers' health

 “Don’t make the students you teach the basis of your happiness”.

     
Teacher wellbeing: how to mentally prepare for a new school year From theguardian.com. I like the 'learn to say no' option.
Choice and poetry: a teacher is about to make a big career decision From juststayingsane.wordpress.com
Moving on from teaching: why she needs to leave the professon after 17 years. A follow-on post from the teacher above.
Three-quarters of teachers are thinking of quitting ... and this moving letter helps to explain why Link From tes.com
Three weeks ago I considered ending my life. I was willing myself to end the confusion, doubts and worthlessness I felt. Link Teaching robbed me of my health – and nearly my life .
theguardian.com

Of all the professions we studied in the U.S., teachers are the least likely to say that their opinions count and the least likely to say that their supervisor creates an open and sharing environment,”

From blogs.kqed.org
A 5-point plan for teacher wellbeing Link by @TeacherToolkit from teachertoolkit.me
Hornets and Butterflies: How to reduce workload Link From pragmaticreform.wordpress.com
25 Tips To Reduce Teacher Burnout Link From teachthought.com
     
Mindfulness    
Mark Williams on Mindfulness Link YouTube 1 hour

Ruby Wax on Mindfulness

Link YouTube 30 mins
     
Secret teacher: stress is reaching a crisis point in schools Blogpost from theguardian.com
The Philosophers' Guide to Calm "We need to make sure we are surrounded by case studies of the ordinary miseries of daily life" From philosophersmail.com
Cartoon guide to the faces of teachers throughout the year Twitterpic
Teachers love their job but feel undervalued, unsupported and unrecognised, says OECD Summary of an OECD report. So it seems it's a world-wide phenomenon. The survey shows that too many teachers still work in isolation.
10 Things I Wish I Knew My First Year Of Teaching Blogpost from Terry Heick, but relevant to all
Work Life balance    
Can teachers ever have a work-life balance? Teaching is stressful, but it's not unprofessional to have a life. From tes.co.uk
What makes us feel good about our work? TED talk from behavioral economist Dan Ariely. A strong comoponent is having a sense of purpose.
Ten stress-busting tips for teachers From former teacher Chris Hunt courtesy of The Guardian
"90 per cent of teachers [in England] had considered giving up teaching during the last two years alone, because of workload. " Newspaper piece on a report on teacher streee. From telegraph.co.uk

How to practice emotional hygiene
"How is it that we take more care looking after our teeth than we do our minds"?

Link From psychologist Guy Winch YouTube 17 mins
Teacher wellbeing: how to mentally prepare for a new school year Link From theguardian.com
"If you got to spend every day of your life doing what you love, you can’t help but be the best in the world at that." Neil deGrasse Tyson on why he loves his job. From brainpickings.org
Teacher wellbeing: how to mentally prepare for a new school year Tips from theguardian.com
The comments are fun :)
"Psychologically, the stress we feel is often based on our individual perception of a situation and this is why some people appear to suffer more than others" Blogpost from theguardian.com

Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT), which emphasises the dire effects on our lives of the irrational beliefs we have about ourselves, especially the “musts”, “shoulds” and “have tos”.

So as teachers we need to accept that we don't need to produce 'the perfect lesson'.
From Padraig O'Morain writing in The Irish Times
Bitter widow rues her husband's work-life imbalance "His success “only spurred him on to work harder to prove, I think mostly to himself, that he really did deserve it”."
Also from Padraig O'Morain