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On the Second Day of September my wellbeing coach brought to me . . .


Two cracking ideas!

Have you noticed how fractious behaviour becomes at times of uncertainty? Children falling out, everyone blaming and moaning. Cracks appear in staffroom conversations too!

Often, we adults respond differently to the dark days of autumn looming ahead and additional changes happening around us – masks or not masks, the adverts are everywhere and promote safety as if it was easy. This is not always a realty in large organisations or with small chilkdfren.

Some families have far less food, some staff struggling mentally - maybe you too? Pupils are either overly excited, pretending not to be bothered or finding it tricky to manage the sudden change and focus on distancing and the hype on TV and in the media. Government expectations run so very high within shorter time frames and alll we want is to be able to get on with our 'perfect' job.

Why is that?

As humans we find expectation and change a little tricky to deal with, so many more demands upon us mentally: changing routines; our own expectations and SHOULDS.

The extra pressure of returning to an environment that is nothing like we are used to, concerns around impact, gaps and termly assessments, worried or excited kids- surly kids; tired colleagues.

Perhaps we might be experiencing situations we do not enjoy.

There might be things beyond our comfort zone? Or something remind us of sadness, anxiousness- something worrying?

Our moods change as our thinking does.

The mind is like a prism, refracting our thoughts as our experiences (perceived feelings) throughout the day. Mostly those thoughts flow through, and when we are tired, we seem to hold on to them, building them into a huge sense of pressure.

Your simple wellbeing tip There is only the NOW to experience. Close your eyes momentarily and see if you can hear your thoughts. Not memories, but here, now . . . how long can you stay there?

WE are only ever one thought away from less pressure. OR TO BE TRUTHFUL, from less thinking about pressure.

Why not help one another?

Look out for NQT’s and new to school staff who may not quite have routines for managing unrest and misbehaviour. Expect ‘normal’ behaviour to be polite and respectful – both from adults and from children.

FOLLOW school behaviour policies can be so trying at busy stress filled thinking times – why not have a staff buddy system for back up.

  • STAY calm and take a break.

  • 5 seconds truly brings a breather for you

  • – 20 seconds a tiredness top up

  • – 30 seconds and you feel you have some ease.

Turn those seconds into minutes and feel brand new.

Drink EAT sleep DO NOT PUSH THROUGH. We only have a limited amount of battery power, don’t drain it completely!

Anni Poole The Wellbeing Coach and Warrior www.hlsgroup.com

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