At this afternoon’s staff meeting we had a discussion about mental and physical health. While most of us in general think we are ok mentally it was good to have a reminder that we need to regularly check ourselves for our own mental wellbeing.
It is easy to get overwhelmed as a teacher at this time of year, end of year assessments, reports, transitions and preparations for next year are all pressing issues. We talked about some cues that we should look for that might signal we need to take a little time out for ourselves. Everyone might have different signals and also might like to deal with these signals in different ways. Some people thought that exercise, eating healthy, being in friends, family and being in nature are great ways to de-stress and feel better about yourself.
We were also introduced to a great website with some excellent relaxation techniques and strategies that allow ourslef to really aprreciate the moment. One of which was the deliberate slow, touching, smelling and tasting of a mintie to really appreciate the moment. We also did a 5-minute relaxation session from the http://smilingmind.com.au/ It was a good session and something that you might be able to use with your students as well.
Here are some positive words for you to consider…
What are your favourite things to do to relax?
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