teacher self-care challenge

Teacher Self-Care Challenge

VIRTUAL TEACHER SELF-CARE CHALLENGE: Starting January 17th 2022, Eleni Vardaki will lead a virtual experience for teachers who want to make their self-care goals and plans a priority in 2022. Because teacher well-being matters. And teacher mental health matters. And it’s making emotional and physical self-care a priority is essential for teacher to to be able to live and work in a state of mental health and well-being.

TEACHER WELL-BEING MATTERS

teacher self-care challenge

Well-being is about moving from baseline mental health (0), up into the optimal mental health range (let’s say maximum optimal mental health was a 10+ on a scale of 10+ to 10-, then living in a state of well-being would be on that continuum).

Social media posts and articles on websites sometimes use the term ‘mental health’ in a sloppy kind of way, treating it as synonymous to ‘mental illness’. But the UN’s definition of mental health is clear:

"Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

United Nations, "Mental Health: Strengthening Our Responses"

This state of well-being being is about living in the 0 to 10+ range of wellness. It’s not about fighting to recover you mental health (hopefully with the support of a qualified specialist who is trained and licensed to treat mental illnesses, and who you can trust) when you are in state of mental illness (the 0 to 10- range).

Committing to an effective personal self-care practice is essential for maintaining our mental health.

Enjoying mental health requires a commitment to personal self-care, as can be seen from the UN’s definition of self-care: 

"Self-care refers to the actions that individuals take in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their own health and wellbeing."  

United Nations, "Self-Care Factsheet: Taking Care Of Yourself"

Given the importance of teacher self-care for teacher well-being, and the importance of teacher self-care for teacher mental health, I decided to put together an experience in support of teacher self-care. 

WHY INVEST IN A TEACHER SELF-CARE CHALLENGE?

It’s one thing to know what you need to do for better self-care…it’s quite another to actually follow through and do it consistently. Especially when you’re an empath who keeps putting others’ needs before your own.

Thanks to the pandemic, more and more of us are shedding the unhelpful (for all!) ‘Martyr Teacher’ beliefs we had around needing to sacrifice our health and well-being in order to do our job well.

We’re learning about psychology and the new science of stress and habit formation, which offer solutions to burnout prevention and ways that work to take our self-care habits up a notch.

Because we don’t have to keep falling back into repeated cycles of stress and burnout, in order to do our job as educators.

We’re shifting from an ‘I’m not OK – You’re OK’ / ‘I’m not OK – You’re Not OK’ mode towards an ‘I’m OK – You’re OK’ mode of working and living, which requires starting off by making our self-care a priority.

WHAT'S THIS TEACHER SELF-CARE CHALLENGE?

I’m offering a virtual experience for teachers (individual investment) and schools (staff training investment) starting January 17th 2022 that builds on this progress we’re making by turning knowledge into action.

This virtual 8 week Teacher Self-Care Challenge experience helps bring more balance into teachers’ lives by making self-care more of a priority – turning talk into action.

It’s for teachers who are seeking support in shifting from knowing (on an intellectual level) what they need to do to take better care of themselves, to following through and actually doing it (consistently).

WHAT'S THE FORMAT?

Seeing as our physical self-care is inextricably related to our well-being, and how some teachers may prefer to make their exercise plan a priority right now, teachers will choose whether they want to be in the group that makes their physical self-care a priority (Group B) or emotional self-care a priority (Group A). 

No matter what group you choose to be in, you can always dip into the other group’s resources at any given time, if that’s something that you’d find helpful. All resources will be available for all registered participants.

Both groups have access to short prerecorded videosAccountability Partner pairing (available to teachers who request to be paired up), doable self-reflection exercises, and mindfulness skill development training.

Learning how to do the Emotional Freedom Technique, which I introduce both groups to in this offering, is like mindfulness on steroids. There are also entry-level mindfulness skills I teach for body and breath awareness. So there really is something for everyone at every level of their mindfulness skills and habits journey.

WHY STRUCTURE IT LIKE THIS?

The idea is to offer teachers an opportunity to craft a personal Self-Care Plan that meets their particular self-care needs at this particular point in time. At the same time, you get to enjoy a shared community experience of supporting each other and making progress together.

REGISTRATION PROCESS & PARTICIPATION FEE

The fee for individual teacher participants (personal investment) is discounted from €197 to €98.50, with the 50% January sale discount applied,  which you can access by clicking on this link (sale ends 14/01/2022 at 10pm GMT). All you have to do to register is click on the ‘Register now (individual teacher participation fee)’ button once you click on this pre-applied coupon discount link (above).

I’m also offering a package deal for schools, in which the participation fee for teachers (staff training school investment) is discounted from €197 to €48 per person for 5+ members of staff (sale ends 14/01/2022 at 10pm GMT).

School administrators can place an order by hitting REPLY to arrange your preferred payment method and get your staff who are interested in taking part in this challenge registered by the end of the week.

If you know teachers or school administrators who may be interested in this offer, please do forward this to them 🙂

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TEACHER SELf-CARE CHALLENGE

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Eleni Vardaki Youth Mentor & EFT Practitioner

Eleni Vardaki works online supporting the well-being of teachers, parents, and students in schools worldwide. To learn more about her educational programs and private EFT therapy / mentoring offerings, go to elenivardaki.com/work-with-me