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What to do about depression - teachers and education staff

Information and advice on how to spot the signs of depression and what to do if you are depressed. 

I feel depressed - depressed teachers and education staff

Depression is a common mental health problem that causes people to experience low mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.

If we are aware of the signs we are overwhelmed at the early stages we can take preventative action. So how do we know what to look out for in ourselves?

Say no

Many people are uncomfortable saying no because they do not want to disappoint others, have had negative experiences saying no in the past or don't want to be viewed as uncooperative.

how to deal with emotions - teachers and education staff

If you feel the following common difficult emotions that can make you feel overwhelmed, here are some things that can help. 

ABC model for managing stress - teachers and education staff

The ABC Cognitive Behavioural Tool is useful to work out what we are telling ourselves that feels life threatening when we get stressed or have emotional responses like anger, frustration and irritation.

activities to manage stress - teachers and education staff

These ideas will decrease stress and improve your emotional wellbeing. 

Feeling stressed and anxious - teachers and education staff

Teachers and education staff endure greater job-related stress than other professionals, according to recent research. However there are a number of tools and techniques to help manage and reduce stress. 

Eating well - teachers and education staff

We need to eat well for our prefrontal cortex (rational brain) to work and allow us to perform to the best of our abilities. Often when people feel irritable, are in a mood or they are finding it hard to concentrate it is because their prefrontal cortex needs refuelling as it has a short battery.

Physical wellbeing - teachers and education staff

Your physical wellbeing is key to your mental performance. The stronger you are physically the better your mind and body will work. Chess master Garry Kasparov swears by his exercising routine to keep his brain in shape.