Wellbeing: In a whirlwind world of stress, it is important that we take moments to check our wellbeing. Mental wellbeing is a state, which helps us to realise our potential, cope with the normal stresses of life and work effectively.
This article originally appeared in the February 2017 Edition of UKEdMagazine
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Promoting mental wellbeing enhances our resilience to cope with difficulties with a level head. Children’s wellbeing is at the core of our practice, but schools are so fast–paced, and the school day packed full of emotions, we seldom take a moment to focus on our own wellbeing.
As educators, our wellbeing is inextricably linked with our mental resilience and ability to teach effectively. At @Christchurchsw9 we have put together a wellbeing programme, which gives all members of staff an opportunity to take a moment to eliminate the day’s stress, focus their minds and stay healthy. Midweek we have a yoga class, where all staff members can relax and quieten “mind chatter” to relieve the day’s stress. Staff members leave feeling revived and ready to go home stress–free. At the end if the week, we have a dance fitness class. It’s fun, healthy and eases work–stress. Most importantly it brings staff together, raising morale and increasing wellbeing. Better wellbeing, better teaching!
@smwordlaw Assistant Headteacher – Brixton