Educators' Wellness Matters
Wellness Matters Program
There are several modules in this program including:
Purpose and Meaning
The associations between teachers’ and students’ mental health and well-being cannot be overstated. Teacher well-being is highly correlated to their work satisfaction, student well-being, and academic achievement.
Stressors: Teacher stress is one of the contributing factor in Teacher well-being. Teaching might seem like a much less stressful job than being a nurse or physician. However, according to a recent poll, 46% of teachers report high daily stress, which ties them with nurses for the most stressful occupation in America today.
Assessing Mental Health
According to the United States government mental health site, mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Teachers who are engaged in meaningful work are more productive and satisfied. As human beings, we’re wired to connect, and part of purpose is serving others or serving the greater good, something outside of us that allows us to feel more connected
The mind is a powerful storyteller that can shift your perception of reality because of its connection to the amygdala, a part of the brain involved in emotional processes.
Developing Communications Strategies
Communication is the process by which people create, transmit, and interpret messages. The exchange of messages between two people is characterized as interpersonal communication. Communication competence specifically enhances use of coping strategies of positive reframing, active coping, planning, and humor, which in turn is associated with a higher level of psychological well-being.
It might sound a little strange to say that we should be happy at work. After all, it’s called work! But we spend more time at our jobs than we do engaged in almost any other activity. If we’re unhappy at work, we’re likely to feel the effects in other areas of our lives, too. Finding ways to be happy at work not only brings you greater productivity and greater job satisfaction, but will help you achieve greater overall mental, emotional, and physical health.
one of the best ways to take control of your job satisfaction is to take control of your career happiness. Seek out opportunities to improve your performance, take on new responsibilities, or otherwise engage in work that is rewarding and fulfilling. Investing time and energy into your career growth and development can result in greater workplace happiness because you feel like you are growing or working towards goals and aspirations.
Managing Workplace Anxiety
It is normal to have some fear or feel out of place at work sometimes, but when the anxiety begins to control you and keep you from performing your normal activities it becomes a serious problem. For many teachers that suffer from some sort of workplace anxiety, their productivity decreases and they fail to contribute to the job, which can make them more anxious.