Working in education is both physically and emotionally exhausting. Our starting point is that, yes, the children are important but the most important person you will ever manage is yourself. Using the ‘oxygen mask’ principle (if you don’t put your own oxygen mask on first, then you can’t help anyone else), this INSET is about YOU because, let’s face it, how can we expect you to inspire, motivate and enthuse our young people if your mojo has slipped?
Classroom pressures are huge. The current educational environment is heavy on measurement and data, and lighter on wellbeing and joy. However, from an organisational perspective, staff wellbeing is the key factor in performance, productivity, creativity, motivation and retention. Work stress is regularly cited as the major reason for staff absence in schools with stress accounting for double the number of days taken off work than for any other illness! Therefore, having happy staff is not just a ‘nice to have’ it is a business imperative.
‘Mental Wealth’ builds on the core messages from ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’. The aim is to rediscover the meaning of life (let’s aim high!) and find happiness by changing the way you think, which cascades through your emotions, behaviours and life. As always, the workshop is designed to be fabulous fun and messages are transferrable to work and home.
Our trainers have both feet in the real world. If we cannot wave a magic wand and make life’s challenges go away, then the only way forward is to realise that these challenges are your life. ‘Mental Wealth’ sets out practical ways to enable you to help yourself. The overall aim is to unlock access to your internal resources enabling you to do more than ‘cope’ with the stresses of life, but to see things differently, change your mind-set and improve resilience.
This is flexible, according to the school’s starting point. Generally, ‘Mental Wealth’ will act as a brief reminder about the core messages from ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ before taking staff further into the subject of positive psychology. The principle is that we become what we think about so we look at techniques to help you challenge self-limiting beliefs, look at circles of control and influence and include tips for overcoming anxiety and developing resilience. We would be delighted to introduce the basics of meditation and mindfulness (the hippy bit!) – it depends how far you want pushing?