When you are working in a school, engaging day-to-day with children and their families, teachers, support staff, Governors and other adults, you will know that you expend great amounts of mental, physical and emotional energy meeting the emotional needs of others.
The long meetings, difficult conversations and fires you’ve had to put out over the course of the term (whether you realise it or not) are very likely to have taken their toll on you and your energy levels.
That’s why it’s so important that you use your holiday time to really switch off from the pressures of running a school, sit back, relax, re-charge your batteries and above all, focus on your emotional needs.
It’s a unique opportunity for you as a School Leader to give yourself some real ‘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.
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
Without a doubt the pandemic brought many unexpected challenges for us all. However, one of the silver linings of the past two years has been a heightened awareness of what matters most for all of us. We learnt:
– The value of community
– The need to stay connected
– The importance of being supported
We also learnt that deeper connections matter, none of us can survive alone and to thrive and overcome the challenges of leadership life we need real, deep, and meaningful connections with others.
That’s why we have launched our new “Heads Together”, a new School Leadership community, designed to connect like-minded school-leaders and to provide a watering hole for inspiration, encouragement and support.
Our “Heads Together” Community is designed to provide School Leaders with:
– A vital network of support to help individuals manage the emotional strains and stresses of the role
– Collaborative forums for thoughtful exploration around timely and important leadership themes
– Inspiration and encouragement throughout the year to help keep leaders’ passion and purpose alive
If you’d like to find out more about the community, and how it could help support you in your role, simply follow the link below…