Many people look at the start of a new year as a way to refresh and set new habits, but January can also feel very overwhelming with the return to work or school looming and the added pressure of potentially long – and unrealistic – lists of New Year’s Resolutions. So, we’re inviting you to take a step back and make small steps towards a happier, healthier you to kick-start 2022. Your wellbeing, as well as that of your colleagues and learners, is of upmost importance.
Far too many people push themselves to the point of burnout. But taking just a few moments for yourself, to read up on ways to help your work/class/yourself, or to simply learn some new wellness techniques, can really help. Little habits can go a long way! And breathe…
We are all still living through a time of great change. Taking a moment to sit still and breathe can help to clear the anxiety and stress clouding our minds. Take some time to watch this session from the Global Schools Festival 2020, by Yasemin Aslan.
Breathing, moving and stretching the body in some ways have a huge impact on our nervous system. Come and learn some simple breathing and stretching techniques to use in your work or classes which can help your co-workers/students (and you) release stress, anxiety and fears – as well as encouraging better work and learning. Practise them during the session and then share with your co-workers or students, and those around you.
A little resilience
This next recording is also taken from the Global Schools Festival, and is presented by Rachel Jeffries and George Heritage. Teachers have been pulled in many different directions – we are parents, family members, citizens, but also leaders, educators and language professionals who have demonstrated a unique display of resilience during these testing times. Here, Rachel and George share some of the strategies and best practice used by teachers. They also consider techniques to support the wellbeing of our learners, especially ahead of tests and exams.
The Cambridge Life Competencies Framework has an introductory guide for teachers and educational managers on Emotional Development. We’ve deliberately singled it out from the six key life competencies. It’s distinct in that the approach to supporting and evaluating emotional development is in most cases less explicit or teacher-directed.
Emotional Development enables learners to understand and express a wide range of their own and others’ emotions and manage them through a range of strategies. It’s an important foundation for success at all ages, as it affects our learning and our ability to carry out tasks effectively.