Teacher and school leader self-care

Carter, Margaret (2018) Teacher and school leader self-care. The Queensland Principal, 45 (4). pp. 38-39.

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Teaching is a profession where empathetic connections with people are acknowledged to be a double-edged sword. Being relationship orientated, empathic awareness and sensitivity is often a necessary part of the work teachers do. However, striving for empathetic understanding, emotional attunement and genuine regard does create risks in the form of stress and burnout. Stress is a natural psychological and physical reaction to life's demands. A small amount of stress can be helpful in motivating us to perform, but left unmanaged it can have disastrous consequences. When your brain perceives a threat, it signals the body's sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones that produce psychological changes (e.g., tensed muscles, increased heart rate and raised blood pressure). Distress results when we perceive the demands that are placed on us are greater than the resources we have to manage these demands.

Item ID: 56564
Item Type: Article (Non-Refereed Research)
Keywords: teacher, school, leaders, self-care, empathy, emotion, stress
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Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2018 00:11
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions @ 100%
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