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Sipping Tea(chers)

Sipping Tea(chers)

By Michelle Weeks

In this podcast I share short, punchy snippets of practical advice and strategies to alleviate your overwhelm, avoid burnout and to help you become your most productive, confident self. It is your weekly double-shot coffee alternative to make you love and balance life inside and outside the school gates!
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Ep #22: Switching your brain off to get good night's sleep.
Ep #22: Switching your brain off to get good night's sleep.
In today’s episode I discuss the idea of teacher tired - where it stems from and how to best support yourself to switch off your mental chatter so you can get a good night’s sleep. In this episode you will learn: To recognise where the exhaustion you are feeling comes from and be able to identify it in future. 8 ways to support your mind, decompress from the teaching day and help you feel less burdened by your concerns, thoughts or worries so you can switch your brain off and get some sleep! I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers to avoid overwhelm and burnout and become a confident and balanced teacher. More information about this program can be found HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
13:35
June 01, 2021
Ep #21: Strategies to support you during report writing season.
Ep #21: Strategies to support you during report writing season.
In today’s episode I suggest practical advice and strategies to support teachers through the report writing process, one which often feels overwhelming. In this episode you will learn: 8 practical strategies to support yourself while writing student reports and juggling the many other balls you have up in the air at the same time. I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers to avoid overwhelm and burnout and become a confident and balanced teacher. More information about this program can be found HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
12:05
May 27, 2021
Ep #20: What to do when you STILL feel overwhelmed or get sick.
Ep #20: What to do when you STILL feel overwhelmed or get sick.
In today’s episode I suggest practical advice and strategies for teachers who are prioritising themselves, investing in themselves and STILL feeling overwhelmed or getting sick. In this episode you will learn: Why it is unrealistic to think that your wellbeing will ALWAYS be top-notch just because you are investing time, effort, energy or money into it. How to use the evidence around you to stop you sliding further down the slippery slope of negativity around your health and feeling overwhelmed. Practical strategies to implement if you are feeling this way currently or in the future. I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers to avoid overwhelm and burnout and become a confident and balanced teacher. More information about this program can be found HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
11:59
May 06, 2021
Ep #19: Breaking the 'busy' culture in schools.
Ep #19: Breaking the 'busy' culture in schools.
In today’s episode I suggest practical advice and strategies to support you to break the culture of being ‘busy’ within your school, but mostly to recognise that you have the power to break this identity for yourself too. In this episode you will learn: How to approach your school day and your working hours in a way that allows you to be your most productive and efficient. What thoughts are helpful in breaking the habit of being busy and affirmations to help you stay on track. How to align yourself with peers who will normalise your desire to be calm. Protecting your energy and directing it towards the things that truly matter. I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers to avoid overwhelm and burnout and become a confident and balanced teacher. More information about this program can be found HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
11:19
April 22, 2021
Ep #18: How to become comfortable with not doing it all!
Ep #18: How to become comfortable with not doing it all!
In today’s episode I share a personal experience that came up recently around having the identity of being a hero, being able to do it all and setting unrealistic expectations of myself. In this episode you will learn: How an evolving self-identity around being capable and across it all means you are able to show up with more presence and make more impact in the world. How to peel back elements of your life without feeling guilty or disappointed in yourself. What questions to ask yourself to be able to confidently make decisions that are realistic and allow you to avoid overwhelm and burnout. How to start breaking through the expectation of yourself to always be ‘busy’. I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers to avoid overwhelm and burnout and become a confident and balanced teacher. More information about this program can be found HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
11:48
April 16, 2021
Ep #17: How to Unwind at the Beginning of the Holidays.
Ep #17: How to Unwind at the Beginning of the Holidays.
SHOW NOTES: In today’s episode, I suggest practical advice and strategies to support you to unwind quickly at the beginning of the school holidays. In this episode you will learn: How to avoid feeling lost, anxious and a little down in the quietness of the holidays. How to set empowering boundaries so that you are able to consciously make time for fun and guilt-free rest during the holidays. Why communication of your holiday plans is super important in allowing your brain to switch off. I mention: My Thriving Teachers group coaching program, next round starting on 19th April 2021. Secure your spot HERE. My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers to avoid overwhelm and burnout and become a confident and balanced teacher. More information about this program can be found HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
11:47
March 31, 2021
Ep #16: Becoming a Thriving Teacher.
Ep #16: Becoming a Thriving Teacher.
SHOW NOTES: In today’s episode I dive into my favourite creation of all time, Thriving Teachers, my 6-week group coaching program for teachers and I share with you the benefits and the experiences of previous Thriving Teachers participants. I welcome you with open arms into this program and know that you will have found a space and a group of people to truly thrive within all aspects of your life. Thriving Teachers starts 19 April 2021 and enrolment spaces are limited. Sign up at www.michelleweeks.com.au Have a question? Feel very welcome to contact me! Email me: hello@michelleweeks.com.au Instagram: @michelle.c.weeks Book a clarity call: HERE!
10:26
March 25, 2021
Ep #15: Am I Doing Enough?
Ep #15: Am I Doing Enough?
SHOW NOTES: In today’s episode I dive into the common doubt that teachers have about themselves and it is the question of Am I Doing Enough? In this episode you will learn: How to detach from doing enough being only about ticking tasks off your list. Two strategies to support you in recognising what enough means to ou and how to use this to your advantage. A sneaky little reminder and offer before it goes live to the public next week. I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers to avoid overwhelm and burnout and become a confident and balanced teacher. More information about this program can be found HERE. My Thriving Teachers group coaching program, next round starting on 19th April 2021. Join the waitlist HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
10:10
March 19, 2021
Ep# 14: How to stop beating yourself up and start realising you ARE good enough
Ep# 14: How to stop beating yourself up and start realising you ARE good enough
In today’s episode, I discuss how to stop beating yourself up and start realising you ARE good enough. In this episode you will learn: What imposter syndrome is and how it contributes to you doubting yourself and your teaching ability. To retrain your brain to allow you to create confidence in your professionalism. To gratefully accept compliments instead of deflecting or downplaying them automatically. To develop a filter that helps you identify and acknowledge evidence of your teaching brilliance. I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers to avoid overwhelm and burnout and become a confident and balanced teacher. More information about this program can be found HERE. My Thriving Teachers group coaching program, next round starting in April 2021. Join the waitlist HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
14:48
March 11, 2021
Ep #13: Why Not To Reinvent The Wheel
Ep #13: Why Not To Reinvent The Wheel
SHOW NOTES: Today’s episode discusses why you don’t need to reinvent the wheel as a teacher. In this episode you will learn: The deeper impacts of continual reinvention of the wheel and how it leads to burnout and overwhelm. To disconnect your self-worth from the resources you decide to include in your teaching. To become aware of how to consciously decide whether there is a genuine need to reinvent the wheel or whether it is a by-product of productive procrastination. Strategies to support yourself if the reinvention of the wheel is considered to be essential. I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled supports teachers. More information about this program can be found HERE. My Thriving Teachers group coaching program, next round starting in April 2021. Join the waitlist HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
11:51
March 04, 2021
Ep #12: Long-Term Self-Care Options for Tired Teachers - Part 2
Ep #12: Long-Term Self-Care Options for Tired Teachers - Part 2
SHOW NOTES: Today’s episode is Part 2 of the long-term self-care for tired teachers chat, following on from Episode 11 which was Part 1. I expand on the concept of self-care, specifically looking at the benefits of long-term self-care and what that could look like for you and your personal circumstances. In this episode you will learn: Three practical solutions to help you build and implement a sustainable long-term self-care routine that allows you to thrive outside of the school environment. I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers. More information about this program can be found HERE. My Thriving Teachers group coaching program, next round starting in April 2021. Find out more and join the waitlist HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
11:00
February 26, 2021
Ep #11: Long-Term Self-Care Options for Tired Teachers
Ep #11: Long-Term Self-Care Options for Tired Teachers
SHOW NOTES: In today’s episode, I expand on the concept of self-care, specifically looking at the benefits of long-term self-care and what that could look like for you and your personal circumstances. In this episode you will learn: What restorative rest is and why it is imperative to you avoiding burnout. Four practical strategies to help you build and implement a sustainable long-term self-care routine. I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled for teachers. More information about this program can be found HERE. My Thriving Teachers group coaching program, next round starting in April 2021. You can join the waitlist HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
09:07
February 21, 2021
Ep #10 Transitioning to School Holidays
Ep #10 Transitioning to School Holidays
SHOW NOTES: In today’s episode, I tackle the difficulties in transitioning from the school term to holiday mode for teachers. In this episode you will learn: Simple yet powerful strategies to minimise feeling lost in the school holidays. I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers. More information about this program can be found HERE. My Group Coaching Program Thriving Teachers - More information can be found HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
10:08
September 30, 2020
Ep #9 Saying No With Confidence
Ep #9 Saying No With Confidence
In today’s episode, I explore the concept of saying no with confidence, a topic which makes many teacher's stomach's churn! In this episode you will: Here an impactful quote which helped me recognised that saying NO was actually impacting my own mission in life. Build up a vocabulary of phrases to help you build your confidence in saying no incrementally. I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers. More information about this program can be found HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au Tim Ferriss ‘Tools of Titans’ book. Interview with Seth Godin. Sarah Knight, **** No! book.
10:13
September 21, 2020
Ep #8: Resting vs. Pushing Through
Ep #8: Resting vs. Pushing Through
In today’s episode, I explore the internal battle many teachers face between resting and pushing through. In this episode you will: Hear a personal story of mine about how I have recently allowed myself to rest instead of pushing through and the result I noticed. Hear prompting questions to allow you to become aware of how resting vs. pushing through might be apparent in your own teaching life and then consider how you could begin to rest restoratively. I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers. More information about this program can be found HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
10:59
September 10, 2020
Ep #7: People-pleasing in Teaching
Ep #7: People-pleasing in Teaching
In today’s episode, I explore the concept of people-pleasing being a common characteristic of teachers. In this episode you will learn: How to recognise when people-pleasing is impacting your wellbeing. Practical strategies to implement to become the same source of support you are for others, for yourself. I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My new group coaching program, Thriving Teachers, which kicks off on September 7th 2020. Find out more information HERE. My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers. More information about this program can be found HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube.
09:30
August 31, 2020
Ep #6: Getting into the Growth Mindset
Ep #6: Getting into the Growth Mindset
In today’s episode, I explore simple yet effective strategies to help teachers recognise and change their current thought habits to embrace the Growth mindset. If you continually compare yourself to others, doubt yourself and what you have achieved and feel like teaching can be one big competition, then this episode is for you! In this episode you will learn: So here are some practical ways you can start to embrace the growth mindset in your professional life (and remember these are all totally applicable and encouraged in your personal life too!) I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My new group coaching program which kicks off on September 7th 2020. Find out more information HERE. My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers. More information about this program can be found HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
09:49
August 24, 2020
Ep #5: Zooming Out!
Ep #5: Zooming Out!
In today’s episode, I explore simple yet effective strategies to help teachers zoom out from the smaller frustrations of the teaching day and gain perspective within these moments. In this episode you will learn: About how to approach teaching with the perspective of it being only part of your life, without it becoming all consuming. Three tips to assist you to Zoom Out throughout your day to break up the build-up of frantic energy. I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers. More information about this program can be found HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
09:16
August 19, 2020
Ep #4: Finding Nuggets of Time for Yourself.
Ep #4: Finding Nuggets of Time for Yourself.
In today’s episode, I explore simple yet effective strategies to help teachers identify ways in which you can sneak a moment to yourself throughout the teaching day. If you feel like the teaching day gets out of control and that frantic energy is overwhelming, then this episode is for you! In this episode you will learn: 3 simple strategies which are easy to implement throughout your day and will allow you to reset and continue your day with clarity and calmness. I mention: My instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers. More information about this program can be found HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
09:37
August 09, 2020
Ep #3: Prioritising the Endless To-Do List.
Ep #3: Prioritising the Endless To-Do List.
In today’s episode, I explore one very important aspect of improving productivity in teaching and it is that of the seemingly never-ending To-Do List. If you are a list person who feels overwhelmed at the thought of how much you have to do, then this episode is for you! In this episode you will learn: How to break your To-Do list into more productive categories. How to prioritise your time to avoid procrastination. How to re-frame your inner talk to support you in avoiding being overwhelmed and exhausted. To recognise and structure your school working hours so that you can get your tasks done efficiently when not face-to-face teaching. I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers. More information about this program can be found HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
09:28
August 02, 2020
Ep #2: Exploring Self-Care for Teachers
Ep #2: Exploring Self-Care for Teachers
Ever feel like you hear about self-care and you know it’s important, but you haven’t really committed to it being a nourishing practice in your own life and your career as a teacher? Then this episode is for you! In this episode you will learn: The definition of self-care, as defined by NAMI. (Website: NAMI) The difference between short-term and long-term self-care practices. The benefits of developing a calf-care routine which is manageable and sustainable throughout the school term. Simple yet effective self-care strategies which can be adopted immediately, without too much fuss or bother! I mention: My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers. More information about this program can be found HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
10:15
July 26, 2020
Ep #1: Welcome to Sipping Tea(chers).
Ep #1: Welcome to Sipping Tea(chers).
Welcome to the very first episode of my podcast, Sipping Tea(chers)! In this episode I will introduce myself as a Life Coach for Teachers, explain the concept around this podcast and give tips as to how it can best be consumed by you, the awesome listener. I will bring you back to two reflective questions to consider in your teaching career which explore your purpose and what you gain out of being a teacher. If you are a teacher who loves to continually learn, grow and celebrate your wins, then this podcast is for you! Why not check out my other work? My Instagram account @michelle.c.weeks My 1:1 coaching program UnFrazzled which supports teachers. More information about this program can be found HERE. My email: hello@michelleweeks.com.au
07:27
July 18, 2020