Personally, I champion Public Health England’s policy on promoting emotional health and wellbeing in schools (read policy here) and believe there are only positives to come from creating emotionally healthy schools but as I sit here writing this blog I can’t help but feel there is a massive oversight in this approach…. Surely in order to create emotionally healthy schools we first have to begin with creating emotionally healthy teachers and heads. You are after all the greatest influence and presence in the school, your mood and tone resonates through your class, children and the whole school.
It’s OK to admit that we are under pressure we are only human and faced with a very challenging job, after all how many of your friends could survive 6 hours a day with 30 kids! None I should think and that’s before we’ve begun on the pressures of delivering a curriculum and Ofsted.
So, we accept stress is just part of the day job, but how do we learn to deal with it? Well, resilience is the buzz word here, resilience is about your ability to handle stress and your ability to bounce back. How resilient we are massively affects your happiness, your success in both your professional and personal life, the quality of your relationships, it even affects how well we sleep. Resilience isn’t innate, it’s a highly learnable skill, but like anything that’s worth doing in life it requires effort. The good news is just a small amount of effort and a few changes in your mind set can lead to you becoming a highly resilient individual. You are of course already resilient, you must be to do your job however there is no such thing as perfect and we can all improve... Understanding more about resilience and learning some clever tricks and techniques will minimise the impact of daily pressure, you will be more able to help others and between you build an emotionally healthy school.
By understanding the science around how your brain works and the clever tricks it plays on you when you are stressed. Secondly, we teach you to identify the ‘thinking traps’ your brain lures you into when faced with the usual scenarios and situations, this knowledge empowers you to challenge those thought processes and convert them into a constructive approach. Finally, you have to learn some small but highly effective tricks and techniques you are able to use on a daily basis, regardless of where you are that will affect your mood to bring calmness, serenity and re-fix your mood to a happier state of mind.
Our developing personal resilience could be the first step to that emotionally healthy school, ((click here for course content) however don't overestimate the power of a good laugh.....
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