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Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices for Educator Well-Being: How to Manage Stress, Burnout & Overwhelm In and Out of the Classroom

Lisa Baylis, MEd
6 Hours 20 Minutes
Oct 29, 2021
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Being an educator is both rewarding and stressful! These days there are high levels of accountability and so many demands on teachers’ time it can feel like the endless tasks and expectations can deplete all energy leaving you with little left.

Still, we depend on you to be a positive guiding force in our children’s lives – often playing simultaneous roles as educator, parent, mental health counsellor, and caring friend.

For you to fulfil these vital roles, it’s abundantly clear that you need to develop resiliency both inside and outside the classroom.

Watch me, Lisa Baylis, MEd, teacher, counsellor, facilitator, and author of Self-Compassion for Educators: Mindful Practices to Awaken Your Well-Being and Grow Resilience as I show you firsthand how to be kind and loving toward yourself and how to prioritize and sustain your well-being through self-awareness and self-compassion...

…to not only show up, but show up with compassion and kindness rather than criticism.

Permission to be kind to yourself – allowing you to show up less stressed.

There has never been a time in history when educators have felt such overwhelming levels of stress, burnout, and exhaustion! We'll unpack the research on teacher stress, the impact on the body and brain and design a plan to create habits and structures of well-being in and out of the classroom!


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Lisa Baylis, MEd, has been sharing wellbeing strategies for the last 20 years. A natural-born connector with an innate ability to make people feel valued and heard, she is an instructor, a school-based counsellor, a facilitator and a mother. Lisa is a published author of Self-Compassion for Educators, as well as the creator of the AWE Method – Awakening the Wellbeing of Educators – which merges self-care, mindfulness and self-compassion.

Lisa has a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. She has taught internationally and within Canada. Currently, she is a high school teacher and counsellor withing the Greater Victoria School District.

Trained by mindful self-compassion pioneers Chris Germer and Kristin Neff, Lisa is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher. Lisa facilitates a Year-Long Mindfulness for Educators online community that grows the mindfulness practice for educators so they can teach mindful awareness in the classroom, creating a ripple of presence and compassion.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Lisa Baylis maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, and CityU. She receives royalties as a published author. Lisa Baylis receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lisa Baylis has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Analyze the connection between educator stress and burnout and its impact on teaching and learning.
  2. Distinguish the difference between stress, overwhelm, burnout and compassion fatigue and its effects on the body and brain.
  3. Determine how mindfulness practices can be used to shift educators into a regulated state during a stressful moment.
  4. Develop opportunities in and out of the classroom for informal mindfulness breaks, self awareness and reflection.
  5. Demonstrate components of mindful self-compassion for treating unworthiness and confronting the “inner critic.”
  6. Apply concrete practices of gratitude, savouring and compassion to daily habits.
  7. Design a plan to create habits and structures of wellbeing in and out of the classroom.


Anchoring Our Understanding
Why teacher well-being

  • What is stress
    • Stress on our body
    • Stress on our brain
    • Stress and relationships
  • Our stress and its connection to our students/classrooms
    • Emotional contagion
    • Self-regulation and co-regulation
  • What is burnout
  • Empathy vs compassion fatigue
  • Defining well-being
  • It’s more than just self-care
    • Obstacles to self-Care
    • Reflection
  • Knowing what’s important – why we became an educator
    • Reflection
  • Digging into values
    • Exercise

Bridging Our Understanding
Self-awareness with Mindfulness

  • What is mindfulness
    • Mindful breathing practice
  • Mindfulness vs mediation in schools
  • Backdraft and Resistance
    • Grounding our feet practice
  • Default Mode Network
    • Mindful awareness to senses
    • CALM body scan

Self-Compassion and Treating Ourselves with Kindness

  • How do I treat a friend?
    • Practice
  • Three components of mindful self-compassion
  • Misgivings of self-compassion/doubts
  • Physiology of self-compassion
    • Soothing and supportive touch and tone
    • Self-compassion break exercise
  • Loving-Kindness
    • Practice
    • Finding loving-kindness phrases

Seven Practices to Grow Resilience

  • Courage
    • Meeting difficult emotions with compassion
  • Curiosity
    • A meditation getting to know your inner critic
  • Clear the Way
    • Clear the way with compassion exercise
  • Community
    • Who will you turn to practice?

Expanding our Resilience

  • Cultivate Care
    • Savouring practice
    • Gratitude exercise
  • Creating Culture
  • VIA Character Strengths
    • Knowing our strengths
    • Appreciating our strengths exercise
  • Compassion
    • Compassion with equanimity practice

Growing a Sustainable Well-being plan

  • What do you need right now?
  • Behavioral Self-Compassion
    • Wellness wheel exercise
  • Putting it all together
  • Leaving with an intention

Target Audience

  • Teachers
  • Early-childhood Educators
  • Counselors
  • Post-secondary Instructors
  • Therapists
  • School Psychologists
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • School Administrators
  • Special Education Teachers
  • School-based Clinicians
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Other Helping Professionals that work with children

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