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Mindfulness for NQTs: Self-Care

by Alison Laycock

This topic of self-care has come within other posts so far and will still come up within other topics, however it does deserve its own post. Self-care is such an important aspect of our lives and especially as teachers, we need to make sure we are looking after ourselves as well as doing so much within our professional lives.

What do you do at the moment which gives you some me-time? How do you take care of yourself during the day, evenings, weekends and holidays? Have there been times in your training year when your self-care came last on your list of priorities? What was the result?

How do you want to maintain your self-care routine this year?

Once you’ve answered those questions, hopefully you have an idea of your patterns when you do take care of yourself and what happens when you let go of that routine. It’s important that you look at your own self-care routine, wishes and how you fulfil them so that the focus is you and you are the one who understands yourself the most. So rather than me listing out what you could have as part of your routine, it is best for you to work that out yourself.

Once you look after yourself, you will be better placed to look after others and to also model this to students and encourage them to sort out their self-care too.

Every day throughout August, these tips will be shared across social media so I’m including my links here. Throughout August, I’m offering meditation/ mindfulness sessions for NQTS/teachers and school staff on 4th, 11th, 18th and 20th August at 7-7.45pm via ZOOM. If interested, please email Alison at

Follow me across social media if you aren’t already to have access to the tips every day:

Facebook: Being the Best You Can Be

Twitter: @alisonlaycock23

LinkedIn: Alison Laycock

You Tube channel: Being the Best You Can Be

I’m also offering 25% off all courses for NQTs who wish to develop their mindfulness and compassion skills and resources more. The courses on offer are the 8 week MBSR programme with sessions lasting 120 mins and there are also 6 week Mindfulness and Compassion courses which last 60 mins each session. If you prefer workshops rather than courses then these are also available and can be checked out and booked via

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