I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had a little cry when I’ve felt overwhelmed
Former Teacher at Twinkl
As part of the Our Frontline campaign to support the mental health of all those out working to protect us during the coronavirus crisis, we’ll be regularly sharing stories, tips and other thoughts about what life is like for them at the moment, in their own words.
Becky is a former teacher who now works for Twinkl. In this blog, she introduces the new toolkit Twinkl and Mind have collated, and offers some advice for educators working during this stressful time.
Hey there, Becky fromhere.
It certainly has been a year unlike any other, hasn’t it? As an ex teacher myself, I’ve always felt I had to wear a lot of different hats and deal with a lot of pressure. Whilst the pandemic has been around this has only increased that pressure and stress a lot more on my teaching friends and the wider community. Having to adapt to so many changes such as government updates, online teaching, social distancing and a school re-opening where the classroom has changed significantly, can only spell stress and a fair few headaches!
It’s essential for educators to take care of their mental health and wellbeing
As members of the school community, we’ve definitely endured the struggles of juggling family life, work commitments and the needs of our pupils and their families during the pandemic. What I thinkreally has taught everyone about teachers is our creativity, compassion and dedication to our roles to accommodate everything during this time, don’t you think?
Unfortunately, it’s easy to not believe this and could be triggered by a few bad days at work, a troublesome pupil or struggling to. Now more than ever, it’s essential for educators to take care of their mental health and wellbeing. The best way I find is to acknowledge how we’re feeling and be open to ask for help if we need it. There are only so many cute pictures of cats, dogs and memes that we can look at. Which is why it’s great Our Frontline’s experts ( , , and ) are available 24/7 for confidential chats and advice should you ever need it.
Teachers balancing so many roles often provide their brilliant care at the expense of their own mental health, wellbeing and regular self-care which can leave you feeling inevitably burned out or fatigued. A teacher, or anyone for that matter, with low health and wellbeing, experiencing, will not perform to the best of their ability. At Twinkl, discussing and being open about mental health with others is a top priority for us.
So, we’ve teamed up withto create a brand-new bank of resources to help you manage your mental health during this crisis. Mind is a charity that helps and supports people with mental health issues. It offers help and advice to those experiencing problems and campaigns for better education and understanding about mental health.
In this toolkit, you can find resources that have been selected by Twinkl’s teachers to help reduce your stress and anxiety and encourage self-care. This includesand more.
Remember that it’s ok to feel lost, stressed and demotivated during these uncertain times. Take it easy on yourself. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had a little cry when I’ve felt overwhelmed, even for something as mundane as finding a gluestick without a lid!
You’re doing the best that you can in this ever-changing and unique situation. Let’s do all we can to look after ourselves and each other!