The holidays are finally here.
You have said ‘goodbye’ and closed the door on one chapter of school life and now it’s time for you to reflect and prepare for the opening of a new chapter.
Saying ‘goodbye’ takes a lot of emotional energy and it can be all too easy within the hubbub of school life to overlook the depth of emotional investment that you make day after day after day in building relationships and ensuring the emotional well being of those around you.
Yet, it is so important that now with the term at an end that you make time to give yourself some ‘Head space’, so that you can clear your emotional and mental decks and begin to prepare yourself for the new term. If you don’t, you will run the risk of starting the new term only partially refuelled.
You’ll start the new term thinking you’ve relaxed over the break, having switched off from all the pressures of running a school, whereas in fact your mind may have switched off, but your emotions haven’t.
Our emotions run deep and when we experience periods of high stress, the intensity of the emotions may appear to dissipate over time, but the memory of them lingers on in our bodies and if not addressed come back to haunt us, often with increased intensity.
Creating Head Space
So if you think you might be in danger of returning to school only partially refuelled after the break, here are a few quick tips!
– Make a regular quiet space for yourself – a place where you can make some time for both your mind and body to be still.
– Have a guided conversation with a coach or some other professional. As it is not always easy to listen to yourself. A coach can help you to tune into your own voice and distinguish it from the others that are competing for attention inside your head.
– Pay attention to your feelings, in the quiet spaces, or when in a guided conversation with another, learn to tune into your feelings. Bottling them up, will do you no favours. Acknowledging them will help you to process them properly, so that any negative emotions do not linger around in your subconscious and stop you from being fully yourself
– Savour good memories as the emotions connected with them will actually help to build up your emotional resilience and place you in a much stronger mental and emotional state for starting the new term.
– Above all else don’t allow yourself to become a martyr to any negative emotions by over thinking difficult situations and blaming yourself for any negative outcomes. Find a way to process your thoughts and related negative emotions, so that you can leave them behind and move forward refreshed and re-energised ready to start the new term
Replenish your Passion, Purpose & Vision…
This autumn, Integrity Coaching will be offering a unique opportunity for School Leaders to reflect, re-energise, reconnect with their values and focus on their strategy for the year ahead.
With a mixture of journaling, discussion, walking and a series of structured discussion, these two day getaways will allow you to explore some of the most important questions for you as a leader and as a person.
The retreats will be facilitated to enable you to get the most of the experience and based in a location that lends itself to talking and walking whilst considering the important themes that guide you in your role as a headteacher.
Above all, the retreats are designed so that all those who attend will leave with…
– A clear understanding of how to lead without sacrificing your own well-being
– A way forward for overcoming the challenges of your role and remaining confident in your ability to achieve your goals for yourself and your school.
– An understanding of how to communicate your vision, drive strategic leadership & empower all pupils & staff to flourish.
Places are very limited, so to avoid missing out – please register your interest today!