Ep 101: Emotional Demands & Priortising Recovery

How do you manage the emotional demands of school life?

In this episode, Meg speaks with Dr Aimee Maxwell, an Educational and Developmental Psychologist, about how emotional demands impact our daily lives. Aimee shines a light on the unnoticed emotional pressures we face, whether dealing with a child’s tantrum or the challenges of a demanding profession like teaching.

By tuning in, you’ll gain practical insights into safeguarding your wellbeing, from choosing the right recovery activities to taking brief moments of self-reflection.

In a profession where stress and burnout are the new norm, this episode offers invaluable insights for a calmer, healthier and happier you.

In this conversation we discuss

▫️ What are emotional demands.

▫️ How emotional demands impact us physically.

▫️ The importance of rest and recovery.

▫️ And so much more…

You can quote us on that…

“Everything in life is emotionally demanding to some degree.”

Dr Aimee Maxwell

“Emotional demands are what the environment says you need to be and emotional labour is how you do it internally.”

Dr Aimee Maxwell

“You will just keep on giving more and more of yourself and end up completely strung out.”

Dr Aimee Maxwell


Dr Aimee Maxwell – Website | LinkedIn

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Hi, I'm Meg!

B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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