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Owning our own well being

An imposed idea of well being removes the complete freedom to explore what it feels like to us individually. It is not a thing to attain or achieve - we were all born with well being.

Well being is innate, and about becoming the best version of yourself.

 

Well being has infinite perceptions and many roads to discover how to access it.

 

What is your perception of well being? This is usually influenced by your current mind state and your values and beliefs.

 

Well being cannot be 'done to' any of us-it is innately sensitive to each of us.

 

Well being needs to be freely accessed and not be imposed via a curriculum. Although some structure can develop resilience skills, it must be balanced with the richness of choice, and have enough time allowed to explore issues. Particularly those sensitive issues arising from the pupils.

 

Sometimes we unconsciously make well being a set thing-  a what (a reinterpretation of an interpretation of what others decide about children learning!) Or a should (you should do it this way). An imposed idea of well being removes the complete freedom to explore what it feels like to us individually. It is not a thing to attain or achieve - we were all born with well being. As adults we need to brush aside our preconceived ideas of well being, and create the conditions for children and youth to test their world, to explore situations, feelings and to know how to find hope.

 

HOW?

By facilitating - being the enabler, the listener, modelling open conversation and deep respect; exploring positive actions together. Using story and metaphor to explore situations supports a wider understanding. It does not cap pupil ideas or squeeze them into a box or list.

 

Children and Youth have their own voices that are always telling us something. Are we listening? Listening without judging or imposing ideas. Are we providing safe spaces to explore every avenue presented?

 

Why are you facilitating well being? Is your own well being in a space of being OK? If not how can YOU rediscover your wellness?

 

INSPIRATION. What do you love to do? This is a key. Exploring what we love provides a sense of the feelings we have relative to this. feelings are our guide to the thinking we have. They can be trusted when we are in a space of OK such as unconditional love - or a relaxed neutral space. Our feelings cannot be trusted when they are any less than OK. (Cross, tired, grumpy, angry, annoyed etcetera.)

 

Something to kick start your discussion about mental health.

 

  • Explore health / wellness/ feeling OK

  • Ask what pupils LOVE and why? 

  • Show them that well being and mental health is a continuum

  • Thoughts fluctuate and feeling OK one minute then sad or grumpy is quite normal

  • Explore - how do we know what we are thinking . . .   (feelings)

  • If we acted on EVERY feeling we would be exhausted. WE CHOOSE our thoughts and how to ignore them or act on them.

 See also www.hlsgroup.net

 

 

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