We really hope you have enjoyed the first 15 days of our Winter Wellbeing Blog (we know we have) and to celebrate such a wonderful set of blogs, we thought we’d give you a chance to vote your favourite, the one that inspired you, turned your day around or gave it a bit of winter magic.
The Twitter poll (ending on Xmas eve) to decide the Winner.
Here’s a reminder of the great blogs we’ve seen so far with some stand-out points that we thought were great!
Day 1 – The Power of a Smile – Why sit in your office working on data? Why sit in your office worrying about Ofsted? Why sit in your office worrying about capability? Christmas is a time for reflection, it is a time for forgiveness, it is a time for celebration! Today I challenge you to smile and let the school smile with you. (Chris Dyson)
Day 2 – Reading the Warning Signs – Look for, learn and know your warning signs. Once you know your signs, heed them. Allow them to influence your calendar – if your body tells you you need a break, give it one. Switch from work-mode to relax-mode, plug in and charge up; you’ll be much more use with a topped-up battery! (@ThatBoyCanTeach)
Day 3 – Looking After Yourself – Look after yourself, so that you can look after others, so they can make a difference for learners. (Patrick Ottley-O’Connor)
Day 4 – Recapturing the Joy – This Christmas wish yourself, joy, peace, love and prosperity. I know that might sound strange and feel even stranger, wishing these things to yourself, but why not? Aren’t you as worthy, valuable, special as the next person? How can you truly wish these things to others, if you do not fully embrace them for yourself? (Viv Grant)
Day 5 – Winter Reflections – Enjoy family time and reap the rewards from the current year…because you deserve it. (Amy Jeetley)
Day 6 – Act Confident to Feel Confident ‘It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting.’ (Justine Ballard)
Day 7 – The Importance of Trust – Trust is the building block for all positive, thriving relationships: personal, social and in the workplace. But what factors help produce it in a school environment? (Clare Erasmus)
Day 8 – Setting Yourself on Fire – You are not required to set yourself on fire to keep other people warm. (Sam at Schoolwell)
Day 9 – The Benefits of Gratitude – Expressing gratitude enhances our lives by giving us more strength and contentment, a sense of calm and peace and perhaps even a deeper appreciation for our shared humanity. (Sue Webb)
Day 10 – Preparing for & Celebrating Success What approaches that you can offer for your school that are unique to you and how you can next apply them in the coming year? (Mary Evans)
Day 11 – Healthy Connections – ‘‘Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.’’ (Maria Alex O’Neill)
Day 12 – The Value of Observation and Dialogue – Through professional dialogue, you don’t just identify areas of development for others but also you do so for yourself and can pick up valuable skills just through observing and talking to them. (Matt Young)
Day 13 – The Power of Giving – At a time when this festival is so dominated by commercial considerations and giving measured on credit cards and bank statements, just consider the value of a genuine smile and a sincere thank you. (Healthy Toolkit HQ)
Day 14 – Stay in the Woods – So, when OFSTED, academy bosses, parents etc. are next making demands of you, breathe, find ways to guard your spirit – and at the right time, attend to the task in hand. (Steve Russell)
Day 15 – Your “Wait Problem” – As we go through life we accumulate experiences and add layers of who we think we should be but what if the secret to eternal happiness isn’t to learn a whole load of new stuff but to peel back some of the layers to reveal who you truly are when you’re being your best self. (Andy Cope)
The Winner will be announced on Christmas Eve!
Follow the link below to Vote in the Poll!