Release the Pressure & Reclaim The Joy Of Teaching | Episode 117

How can we release the pressure of school life?

In this insightful podcast episode, organisational psychologist and experienced educator Melinda Phillips chats with Meg about the impact of increasing work demands on big-hearted educators.

They explore practical strategies such as addressing workplace stressors, evaluating our standards and understanding the cost of caring. This conversation emphasises the importance of listening to one’s body and recognising its signals as a duty of care. They also discuss how reaching a point of burnout can sometimes serve as a wake-up call, prompting educators to reassess their work-life balance and take deliberate.

Tune in to learn how to navigate workplace stress, build healthy habits, and embrace the mess and magic of school life.

In this conversation we discuss:

▫️ How unrelenting standards can hold us back.

▫️ Why good enough is good enough.

▫️ Proactive to meet the increasing demands of school life.

▫️ And so much more…

You can quote us on that…

“Wellbing is such a precious resource and it takes much more effort to restore it than maintain it.”

Melinda Phillips

“There’s been profound changes in the volume and complexity of the work that we do as teachers and that leads to unsustainable workloads which comes at the detriment of our work but also of our wellbeing.”

Melinda Phillips

“When we pride ourselves on being that high achiever and that capable competent person who doesn’t require help (often is happy to give help but no I don’t need help) that we can do ourselves a disservice because we aren’t developing that ability to ask for help but we’re also not developing the abilities that we need in this instance now in schools to stay flexible and adaptable and also to know what is enough and what’s good enough.”

Melinda Phillips


Melinda Phillips – 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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