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Being a trainee teacher can come with a lot of stress and many difficult challenges, so we recommend that you use the Christmas break to recharge your batteries and put some focus into understanding your own progression and pinpointing anything that’s making you unhappy. Here a few tips on how to achieve this.

Consider your work-life balance

Have a think about the last few weeks at school – did you have enough time to eat lunch every single day, then relax each evening when you arrived home? If the answer is no, finding ways to create a healthier work-life balance is the first step to improved wellbeing.

We understand that there’s a lot to be done and you want to excel in your training, but the best results always come to those who know how to factor in some “me time”.

Is your classroom how it should be?

You’ve been training for long enough to know whether there are any factors in your classroom that are detrimental to the flow of your training. This could be any number of things, such as it being too hot or cold, a dripping tap distracting students, potential hazards that haven’t been noticed by others, or even not enough colour on the walls.

Many of these problems can be rectified with very simple measures, from de-cluttering the room, to putting up a few more fun and educational posters. By tackling the small things first, you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment and gain the confidence to solve the larger issues too.

Focus on your happiness

You’re training to be a teacher because you love the classroom environment and want to give children the best start in life. However, perhaps the training is proving harder than you expected or you’re confused about certain teaching modules and techniques. This is perfectly natural in any new role, so stop chiding yourself and accept that everyone goes through the same process.

Once you recognise that it’s not about perfectionism but rather a journey of personal development, you can celebrate what you do well and create reasonable goals. The key is to focus on your happiness and take it one day at a time.

How are you relaxing over Christmas? Let us know on your social media channels by tagging us #TeachNorthWest.