Wellbeing equals intelligent selfishness that is sustainable
In the holidays I was fortunate to attend a Wellbeing in Schools conference along with my fellow deans and senior manager. As so often with these events, it’s the small talk where you learn the most. Having said that, I did come way with some gems of information. Not that it was anything new. Rather a timely reminder to be kind to yourself and those around you. So ten things I took away with me:
1. Drink lots of water. You see every last student carrying a water bottle, but how often does the teacher get to midday and suddenly realize: “I’m parched!”
2. Do shoulder rolls with your students. Man, after sitting listening to lessons for three days, I realised why students love flexible learning spaces! Get up and move during lessons, and allow students to do the same.
3. Be aware of your students’ FLOW: the balance between skills and challenge. If the challenge outweighs the skill and becomes overwhelming, you’ve lost them.
4. Surround yourself with people that are on the same mission as you. Enough said.
5. When people smile, they learn more. Imagine how much they’ll learn if they laugh!
6. Be resilient without burning out.
7. Career wellbeing: what gets you up in the morning?
8. Forget work-life balance. Strive rather for work-life integration.
9. Health is not just the absence of disease, but a state of well being.
10. Wellbeing equals intelligent selfishness that is sustainable.