School leadership: Self-care

There are many reasons why self-care can drop down the list of priorities for school principals.

Multiple roles, busy lives, competing demands can extinguish our best intentions. However, if we want to encourage students and staff to mind their mental health, it is important to act as a role model in minding our own mental health and wellbeing.

Here are five practical ways to begin to consider your own self-care strategies:

School leadership: Leading under uncertainty

The global pandemic has created a wave of uncertainty, unknowns and change for all of us. Nowhere is this more evident than in schools.

As a principal or deputy, you have probably had to adapt and respond to the needs of your school community in many different ways.

We know that mental health and wellbeing is central to learning and for the cognitive development of young people. Being resilient, relationships and feeling connected to their school communities matter.

As educators, you play a critical role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of students and school staff. But, to care for others it is vital that you and your staff are supporting your own mental health as well.