Teacher Wellbeing

Teacher Wellbeing

www.selfcareforteachers.com.au/podcast
Helping teachers be proactive about their health, happiness and wellbeing so they can thrive in the classroom and in life.


Teaching in the time of coronavirus
Mar 22 • 41 min
Hi everyone and welcome to this bonus episode of the Teacher Wellbeing podcast. Today I’m talking about teaching in the time of covid-19. So I am recording this not with my regular mic and it’s just raw, imperfect, in-edited and un-produced, because I…
BONUS: 4 things the Teacher Wellbeing podcast has taught me about teacher wellbeing
Mar 3 • 35 min
The Teacher Wellbeing podcast turned 3 last week! And to celebrate I released a bonus episode of the podcast this week, detailing 4 things I’ve learned from 3 years of hosting the show! I also talk about the things I’ve learned about myself and running…
BONUS | Rethinking Teacher Wellbeing and Resilience for 2020
Jan 27 • 53 min
Hello everyone, and welcome back to the teacher wellbeing podcast, and welcome to 2020! The new school year is about to begin and I know that means many of you are in the midst of inservice, professional development, student free days and setting up your…
BONUS: Are you #teachertired? 3 ways to get more sleep this term + leave me a voicemail!
Oct 16, 2019 • 26 min
Recently on the Teachers Thriving Lounge Facebook Group, Trudy from TeachersThriving.com and I spent a good 45 minutes discussing the very important but under-researched topic of teacher sleep, and some strategies you can use to help you get a good…
Quick Update: New Coaching Packages + Last day to get current prices
Sep 30, 2019 • 12 min
This is a replay of a Facebook Livestream I did today, which I wanted to share with you because I know some of you are only following me on the podcast, and may not get updates otherwise. The audio quality isn’t amazing, but it’s good enough and the…
Bonus! September Updates + Special Invitation
Sep 14, 2019 • 11 min
First up, this episode will self-destruct in about 7 days, so you wanna listen right now while it’s available in your player. I have a couple of time-sensitive updates and then a special invitation for you. • Teacher Self-Care September. If you’re not…
Lessons from 4 years of Self-Care for Teachers, and my vision for the future (Season 5 finale)
Aug 14, 2019 • 54 min
Lessons from 4 years of Self-Care for Teachers, and my vision for the future (Season 5 finale) is an adaptation and update of of this blog post. Find all the links mentioned there. See you next season!
Teacher Story: Jessica from Lead and Inspire
Aug 6, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode I have a brilliant conversation with fellow teacher wellbeing enthusiast, Jessica Terlick from Lead and Inspire Community. Jessica shares her story with us and it’s one I think you’ll relate to. She tells us about her experiences as a…
There are no quick fixes (and you are not broken)
Jul 30, 2019 • 15 min
I’m deliberately doing this episode directly after Gabbie’s 2 part episodes because I know they may have stirred up a lot for some of you. The content of Gabbie’s book Teacher and the content of our conversation, while really important, also touches on…
Life after Teacher, with Gabbie Stroud (part 2)
Jul 23, 2019 • 37 min
I think this week’s episode is an absolute must-listen for any teacher today. It’s Part 2 of my conversation with Gabbie Stroud, author of the best-selling book ‘Teacher’, and if you haven’t yet, I do recommend you go and listen to Part 1 of this…
Life after Teacher, with Gabbie Stroud (part 1)
Jul 16, 2019 • 38 min
I’m so excited to bring you this episode of the podcast with a woman who I’m sure needs no introduction! Gabbie Stroud is a freelance writer, novelist and recovering teacher. Her critical commentary of Australia’s education system was published in…
The other half of the wellbeing equation
Jul 9, 2019 • 35 min
It is great that schools are providing wellbeing strategies and services to their staff, but they often seem to cover only half of the wellbeing equation. Positive Psychology + Positive Physiology = Wellbeing
Teacher Stories | Elise (Part 2)
Jul 2, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode you will hear Part 2 of my interview with Elise. If you haven’t yet, go back and listen to Part 1 so that this half to he conversation makes sense! In Part 1 she tells us about some serious health challenges she’s faced, including a…
Teacher Stories | Elise (Part 1)
Jun 25, 2019 • 31 min
In this episode we hear another teacher story, this time from Elise. Elise tells us about some serious health challenges she’s faced, including a really important message for teachers about vocal care. We cover so many great points and it was such a good…
The invisible work of teaching
Jun 18, 2019 • 37 min
Despite the jokes that teaching is 9 - 3 with 12 weeks holiday a year, we know it to be otherwise. We know that the work starts well before 9am, finishes well after 3pm and that large parts of those holidays are usually spent working too. We also know…
Teacher Stories | Kelsey
Jun 11, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode I interview Kelsey, a teacher from the United States. She shares with us her wellbeing challenges of being consumed by the job in her first year, and losing her identity as a person. Kelsey then tells us how she has overcome this through…
Immune Boosting, with Linda Back
Jun 4, 2019 • 33 min
In this episode I speak with Linda Back from Zest Natural Therapies. Linda works with a lot of teachers so I felt she was a great guest to cover this topic because she really does have a good understanding and appreciation of the kind of work that we do…
Five steps to changing your health habits and improving your wellbeing as a teacher
May 27, 2019 • 39 min
I share 5 steps to changing your health habits and improving your wellbeing as a teacher. When I’m coaching teachers, running live webinars or presenting workshops and retreats, you tell me that your habits are something you know undermines your…
Three thinking traps that sabotage your wellbeing (and what to do about them)
Oct 31, 2018 • 39 min
This is the last episode of Season 4, and I’m talking about three thinking traps that sabotage your wellbeing as a teacher. I see these all the time and I experience them myself, so don’t feel like you’re alone in it. Of course it’s not an exhaustive…
Integrating Parenting and Teaching, with Clare Crew from Thriving Children
Oct 23, 2018 • 39 min
In this episode, I interview Clare Crew, a mother, teacher, speaker and host of the Thriving Children podcast. Clare shares with us some of the ups and downs on her journey of parenting and integrating that with her role as an educator, being still a…
Teacher Stories | Miranda
Oct 18, 2018 • 37 min
Welcome back and thank you for bearing with me in my couple of weeks intermission of Season 4 of the podcast. In this episode, I interview a teacher friend of mine, Miranda, who I think has a really empowering story for lots of people. She has made a…
Season 4 Intermission
Oct 10, 2018 • 2 min
No podcast episode this week, just a little explanation of the break in programming, and a reminder that you can support the show by leaving a rating and review in your podcast app of choice, or by contributing at www.patreon.com/selfcareforteachers As…
Evidence-Based Strategies for Teacher Wellbeing, with Daniela Falecki
Sep 26, 2018 • 28 min
Daniela Falecki from teacher-wellbeing.com.au has been called the ‘Keep-it-real Teacher’ because she is passionate, energetic, funny and most importantly realistic. As a teacher for more than 20 years, she knows all too well the stress, frustrations and…
Teacher Stories | Vince
Sep 19, 2018 • 38 min
In this episode I share a teacher story from high school teacher and side-hustler Vince. We discuss the importance reflecting on your mistakes and weaknesses, and how you can learn from them to improve the next time around. Vince also shares how useful it…
Ways to Worry Less (Part 2), with Gigi Langer
Sep 11, 2018 • 24 min
Listen to part 2 of my interview with Gigi Langer, an author, speaker, teacher and educator of pre-service teachers. Gigi has a really powerful story about her journey with fear, worry and substance abuse, which she shares in her wonderful book 50 Ways to…
Ways to Worry Less (Part 1), with Gigi Langer
Sep 5, 2018 • 31 min
Listen to part 1 of my interview with Gigi Langer, an author, speaker, teacher and educator of pre-service teachers. Gigi has a really powerful story about her journey with fear, worry and substance abuse, which she shares in her wonderful book 50 Ways to…
Summary of the 2018 Self-Care for Teachers Annual Survey
Aug 29, 2018 • 28 min
In this episode I share with you some of the results of the Self-Care for Teachers Annual Survey that I did in June 2018. The report is still forthcoming, but today I thought I would share with you a bit of an overview and what I’ve got so far. In the…
Self-Compassion for Teachers, with Ben Weir
Aug 22, 2018 • 30 min
I speak with Ben Weir about his journey from classroom teacher to clinical psychologist, and the power of self-compassion. This was a really interesting conversation that aligns with the ethos of Self-Care for Teachers. Having followed his love of…
7 Ways to Stop the Self-Care Guilt Trip
Aug 15, 2018 • 35 min
We’re back with Season 4 and in this episode I’m talking all about self-care guilt. Teachers tell me all the time that they feel guilty when they practice self-care. It’s extremely common and I have experienced it for myself. The good news is, there’s…
The top 5 takeaways from 3 seasons of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast
May 16, 2018 • 45 min
In this episode I share the top 5 things that have stood out to me as lessons or themes from the 3 seasons of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast so far. Of course, you might have a different top 5 list and I’d love to hear it! I also revisit the Self-Care for…
The importance of organisational wellbeing, with Steve Waters
May 8, 2018 • 36 min
In this episode of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast, I interview Steve Waters from the Teach Well Alliance in the UK. Steve is a former high school English and Drama teacher, who worked for 30 years in high schools in the UK including as an Assistant…
Being the CEO of your life with Lena West
May 2, 2018 • 45 min
In this episode of the Teacher Wellbeing podcast, I had a fascinating conversation with business growth coach Lena West about personal leadership and being the CEO of your own life. We talk about what it means to be the CEO of your life, and how you can…
Nourishing the mind, body and soul, with Kelly Hine
Apr 24, 2018 • 37 min
In this episode, I interview Kelly Hine from Body and Soul Retreats. Kelly has a background as an early childhood educator and university lecturer. She now runs retreats, is a Reiki Master, mindfulness, meditation and self-love teacher. She has an online…
Setting Digital Boundaries To Improve Productivity, Relationships and Sleep
Apr 18, 2018 • 37 min
Ever feel like a slave to your email inbox or to those little red notification numbers on your social media apps? I do, and it’s something I’ve been working hard to improve over the last year and a half. In this episode, I share with you the digital…
The human element of teaching, with Meg Durham from Open Mind Education
Apr 10, 2018 • 43 min
In this episode I speak with Meg Durham from Open Mind Education (openmindeducation.com). Meg was a little girl who always wanted to be a teacher and she grew up to be a Science and PE secondary school teacher. However, despite being extremely excited to…
The myth of work-life balance
Apr 3, 2018 • 23 min
Are you striving for balance or you do you think it’s a dirty word? In this episode, I share what I’ve learned from my Exercise Physiologist husband about the importance of balance in preventing falls for older adults, and why I think it applies to…
Showcasing Teachers with Trudy from Teachers Thriving
Mar 28, 2018 • 36 min
In this episode, I interview Trudy from Teachers Thriving Magazine (www.teachersthriving.com). Trudy is a former Teacher and Principal who now works in a regional support role in Queensland, and has a lot of wisdom to share from her many years in the…
Dealing with difficult people at work
Mar 21, 2018 • 31 min
One of the things a lot of teachers tell me is a challenge for them in their personal and workplace wellbeing is having to work with a difficult person. It might be a colleague, a parent of one of the students you teach, or one of the leadership team at…
Teacher Stories | Katie from See Me, Know Me, Teach Me
Mar 13, 2018 • 43 min
This is the first Teacher Story episode of Season 3, where I interview early childhood and primary school teacher Katie, who shares her journey from health challenges to wellbeing. We talk about the occupational hazard for teachers around our voice, her…
All things Teacher Wellbeing with Daniela Falecki
Mar 6, 2018 • 39 min
In this episode of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast, I interview Daniela from teacher-wellbeing.com.au about all things Teacher Wellbeing! Daniela works specifically with schools and teachers to improve both whole-school organisational wellbeing as well as…
Happy 1st Birthday to the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast, and other exciting announcements!
Feb 27, 2018 • 25 min
The Teacher Wellbeing Podcast has just turned 1, and I’m celebrating! In this episode, I share with you what to expect for the podcast and Self-Care for Teachers this year, as well as a number of updates and announcements. First, a big shoutout to my…
S02 E12: New Year’s Themes and a Season 2 Wrap Up
Dec 26, 2017 • 18 min
Wow, it’s the final episode of Season 2 and 2017 is almost over! How do you feel about New Year’s Resolutions? I generally love them, but I know some people hate them. I get it, and this year I’m feeling rather tired of constant goal setting, so I’m not…
S02 E11: Nourishing mind and body with Melissa Smith
Dec 20, 2017 • 29 min
In this episode I talk to Melissa Smith about nourishing your body and mind to prevent burnout. Melissa is the creator of the Energy Mastery Method and she specialises in nutritional therapy for energy, fatigue and burnout. She has an experience of…
S02 E10: Legal considerations for teachers, with Andrew McCormack
Dec 12, 2017 • 59 min
The guest today is Andrew McCormack, Senior Associate and Accredited Family Law Specialist at Best Wilson Buckley Family Law (https://bwbfamilylaw.com.au). We talk about legal considerations for teachers, like mandatory reporting obligations and the…
S02 E09: Living Beyond Burnout with Lisa Murray
Dec 5, 2017 • 34 min
In this episode, I interview Lisa Murray, author of the new book “Living Beyond Burnout.” Lisa and I discuss the lessons she’s learned from having burnout 3 times and the stories she told herself before she knew what burnout was. We also explore why it’s…
S02 E08: Unlearning over-giving with Maria Doyle
Nov 29, 2017 • 39 min
The guest today is Maria Doyle from mariadoyle.com and we have a fantastic conversation about burnout and the importance of self-care. Remember, to be eligible the Christmas prize draw, go to www.patreon.com/selfcareforteachers In this episode, I…
S02 E07: We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For
Nov 21, 2017 • 18 min
In this episode I share a snipper from the book I’m writing about teacher wellbeing. I also announce some updates to the Self-Care for Teachers Patreon Page. To be eligible the Christmas prize draw, go to www.patreon.com/selfcareforteachers “What got you…
S02 E06: Brain Care for Teachers with Allison Davies
Nov 15, 2017 • 32 min
If you’ve ever experienced anxiety, then this episode is for you! I speak with Neurologic Music Therapist Allison Davis (www.allisondavies.com.au) about the way brains work, the causes of anxiety and how we can apply small, simple strategies consistently…
S02 E05: Resourceful and Unresourceful Self-Care
Nov 7, 2017 • 22 min
In this episode, I share dive a little deeper into some ways you can think about self-care, including the difference between resourceful and unresourceful self-care and the importance of being really honest and self-aware when working out what self-care…
S02 E04: Teacher Stories | Vanessa
Oct 31, 2017 • 29 min
I interview Vanessa, who teaches at a special school in Queensland. We have a great conversation about how things shift when returning to work post-maternity leave, why boundary setting is so important and the power of structure and routine (it’s just as…
S02 E03: Katrina from Katrina Bourke Coaching
Oct 24, 2017 • 38 min
This is a great conversation with Katrina Bourke, an ex-teacher and Deputy Principal who now coaches caring professionals out of their overwhelm and stress, and into balance and flow. After decades of constant busy-ness, self-judgment, comparison and…
S02 0E2: Teacher Stories | Naomi
Oct 17, 2017 • 30 min
I interview my sister, Naomi, about her experiences as a primary school teacher in Queensland, Australia and in London, England. We also talk about the importance of the community aspects of teaching and the pros and cons of being married to a teacher.…
S02 E01: What to expect from Season 2 of the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast
Oct 10, 2017 • 18 min
It’s been a while between drinks but I’m back with the first episode of Season 2! In this episode I share where I’ve been, why I took such an unexpectedly big break between seasons and what to expect from the second season of the podcast. I also cover…
Episode 18: Self-Care, Differentiation and Personality
May 17, 2017 • 29 min
In this episode, Ellen discusses the need for differentiation not only for students in the classroom but also for adults seeking health, happiness and wellbeing. When it comes to self-care, there is no one-size-fits-all and realising this can help us…
Episode 17: Teacher stories | Julie from Teacher Mindset
May 10, 2017 • 31 min
In this episode, Ellen interiews Julie , a high school English teacher who also runs the educational consulting business Teacher Mindset. She shares her journey towards creating more wellbeing in her life, including the health scare that led to a…
Episode 16: Priorities
May 3, 2017 • 16 min
In this episode Ellen shares a number of metaphors that can help understand the way priorities work. Following on from the last episode about burnout, she also explains why focusing on solutions is more productive than focusing on the problem. In the goal…
Episode 15: What is burnout?
Apr 26, 2017 • 18 min
In this episode Ellen explains the three main components of burnout and why it is different from straight exhaustion. She also discusses the difference between chronic and acute stress, and how long term stress impacts the body and the contribution that…
Episode 14: Teacher Stories | Diana
Apr 19, 2017 • 32 min
In this episode, Ellen interviews Diana, a teacher, fellow self-care advocate and anxiety coach. Diana has some excellent tips and tricks to share. She discusses her experiences managing her health with teaching and now motherhood, the benefits of letting…
Episode 13: Teacher Stories | Broden
Apr 12, 2017 • 28 min
In this episode, Ellen interviews Broden. Broden is an Aussie high school English teacher living and working in London. He shares his experiences of the differences between the education systems in Australia and the U.K. as well as a bit about how he…
Episode 12: LeeAnne Cordell from The Holistically Healthy Teacher
Apr 5, 2017 • 25 min
In this episode, Ellen interviews LeeAnne from Holistically Healthy Teacher. LeeAnne was a teacher for 19 years and spent most of that time in early childhood and special education in rural, public schools. Now she’s an Integrative Nutritionist with a…
Episode 11: Teacher Stories | Jane
Mar 29, 2017 • 27 min
In this episode, Ellen interviews a 2nd year teacher. Having started her career as a social worker (another career with high burnout rates) and growing up with a family of teachers, Jane entered the teaching profession with a better understanding than…
Episode 10: Tolerance
Mar 22, 2017 • 9 min
Do you ever think about your thinking? The language that we use, whether thinking or speaking, has a powerful impact on the way we experience the world. One example of this is the word tolerance, which has a lot of positive connotations. People associate…
Episode 09: Teacher Stories | Carolyn T
Mar 18, 2017 • 42 min
This episode is a must for anyone who has struggled with depression or feels like something is missing in their life. Carolyn shares her journey, and it’s a deep and very meaningful conversation. I resonated with this story so much, and I feel that my…
Episode 08: Is Self-Care Selfish?
Mar 15, 2017 • 14 min
This question comes up a lot, and it is important to address. Yet asking ‘Is Self-Care Selfish?’ also kind of misses the point. It hints at but doesn’t properly acknowledge some of our deepest fears. In this episode, Ellen explores some alternative…
Episode 07: Teacher Stories | Daniel
Mar 11, 2017 • 31 min
Ellen speaks to Daniel, an Aussie teaching in an International School. We hear his experiences and insights about teaching in a variety of contexts, maintaining health while balancing not only the pressures of the classroom but also language barriers and…
Episode 06: What is Self-Care?
Mar 7, 2017 • 14 min
What is Self-Care? What are the barriers to self-care and why do they hold us back? What does teaching and self-care have to do with International Women’s Day? In this episode, Ellen discusses the five facets of self-care, why guilt is the number one…
Episode 05: Teacher Stories | Shailee
Mar 4, 2017 • 31 min
Ellen interviews Shailee, a high school teacher who took some time away from teaching in order to figure out how to balance her passion for making an impact with having a life of her own. “It’s realising that I can be very good at what I do, I can enjoy…
Episode 04: Focus on the goose and the golden eggs will take care of themselves.
Feb 28, 2017 • 12 min
In this episode, Ellen shares a children’s story that can serve as a helpful reminder for preventing burnout, as well as a number of useful metaphors to illustrate the point.
Episode 03: Teacher Stories | Rebekah
Feb 21, 2017 • 34 min
In the first teacher story episode, Ellen interviews Rebekah, a high school teacher who has some valuable insights to share about growing up, finding yourself, being ‘too busy’ and that elusive work-life balance. “When you do achieve that balance, work…
Episode 02: Interview with Ellen Ronalds Keene
Feb 21, 2017 • 40 min
In this episode, the host is in the hot seat. Ellen tells her story from ill-health to wellbeing in the education system, shares the changes she made in her life to prioritise her health and happiness and explains what self-care means to her.
Episode 01: Introduction to the Teacher Wellbeing Podcast
Feb 20, 2017 • 19 min
In this episode, Ellen explains why she started this podcast, what the podcast is about, who is this show for and what you can expect from this podcast going forward.