Ep 5: The Power of Self-Compassion

Overcome burnout and reclaim your spark and joy for life. For educators, parents, and other big-hearted humans your health and wellbeing matter. That’s what educator Shannon Treacy and Meg Durham discuss during this insightful episode, diving deep into conversation about how to take better care of your wellbeing for the benefit of your students, family and most of all yourself.

So what’s this episode really about?

  • How the way we feel about ourselves impacts every aspect of our lives.
  • What you can do when you feel burnout from work, and inspirational encouragement to empower you reclaim your energy, clarity and confidence.
  • Practical, intuitive tips and discussion on what it means to deepen your relationships, find balance in your life, and become a better human being.

Why you should listen

Burnout is real, and it’s likely that you, or someone close to you, has experienced it in the past few years. And we’re here to tell you things are looking up. Shannon Treacy and Meg Durham tackle this tough conversation in an approachable way that just makes sense. Walk away from this conversation with more patience for yourself, love in your heart, and energy to take on the day ahead.

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Actionable Skills

  • Set boundaries for yourself and stick with them. Shannon suggests setting firm “in office” hours and strictly adhering to those. Even if you receive notifications after hours, give yourself permission to not reply until the following working day.
  • Put yourself and your family first, no matter how hard that feels for you to do. It will make you a better teacher and a better person.
  • Know it’s okay to ask for help. Reach out to Meg (or a wellbeing educator like her) to be in your corner and help you to feel empowered to get your spark back.

You can quote us on that…

“As educators, if we spend too much time focusing on other people, then we don’t spend enough time focusing on ourselves. And that leads to burnout and becoming unhappy. It’s not healthy.”

Shannon Treacy

“If you’re a teacher, a parent, any big-hearted human, you are not alone. The struggle is real to give ourselves permission to be human and to take care of our needs.”

Meg Durham

“Self-compassion, for big-hearted humans, is the hardest and the most transformative skill that we can culivate in our lives.”

Meg Durham

“If you’re feeling exhausted, it’s time to get off the dance floor, and get up on the balcony.”

Shannon Treacy

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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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