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What to do about depression - teachers and education staff

One of the most important things to do is to firstly recognise that you are depressed rather than feeling that this is just how I am or it has to be.

It is often hard to know what will help as mostly individuals do not have the training to be able to work out what the causes are. Going to a psychological professional to help work out what is causing the depression will help inform what may work best for example is it to do with events in our historic past or more recent past or an illness?  

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.

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.

Emotional wellbeing - teachers and education staff

Our emotional health is paramount to our performance, resilience and ability to manage feelings like stress, anxiety or feeling overwhelmed.

When we feel intense emotional responses i.e. we get angry, cross, frustrated, or overwhelmed, we produce cortisol and adrenaline.  These hormones were historically useful when we were running around the savannah trying to escape threats like tigers. It is an evolutionary response based on our former environment when we were under many threats.  

Better sleep tips for teachers

Sleep is imperative for our minds and bodies to function. Find out why and read our tips to ensure you get a good night's sleep. 

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?

Teacher with a pupil

When you are approaching parents' evening, make sure you know the kids - know their progress, know their levels, know everything! A really wise teacher interprets it more broadly, however. Know your kids, but know your audience too. Try these tips for a parents-friendly evening!

Teacher looking at a computer

Increasing numbers of teachers are facing abuse online. We've put together some tips for social media to help education staff avoid cyberbullying from students, colleagues or parents.

NQT

Getting that first position can be daunting for newly qualified teachers. Here are our top tips.