It’s Blue Monday on Monday 20th January 2020 – apparently the most depressing day of the year. The holidays are over, the days are still short, work is back in full swing, and no matter what you try you just can’t get all that festive glitter out of the carpet.
Whether you’re feeling down this Blue Monday or not, there’s never a bad time to focus on your mental health & wellbeing – especially if you work in a school. With that in mind, we’d like to give you some 5 minute activities that you can do this Blue Monday to help you feel more positive, and some ways you can introduce better wellbeing to your pupils, too!
Just sending a quick “how was your weekend” text message to a friend you miss can bring a ray of sunshine into an otherwise miserable Monday.
Whether it’s a new pen for marking with, or beginning a new book, trying out something new can bring a burst of positivity and resolution to your day.
A quick walk outside – even just to the car park and back – can make all the difference to your mood when you’ve been cooped up in a classroom all day.
You don’t need to roll out the mats and new age music to meditate, practicing some slow breaths with your eyes closed in between classes is enough to clear your mind.
An estimated 3 pupils in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health problem, and all pupils have needs which are to be met in order to ensure their wellbeing.
Let pupils know that they are more than their exam/test results. Exams can’t tell anyone how kind, creative, or generous a pupil is – remind them that lots of things are more important that the score on a test, and it’s just one way they are assessed at school.
If a pupil comes to you with a problem, or you suspect they have a problem that needs to be discussed, the best thing you can do for them is make sure they feel listened to. Knowing an adult takes them seriously can go a long way towards improving a pupils wellbeing.
Research has found that parents of pupils who are struggling are most likely to seek advice or help from a teacher who knows their child rather than any other professional or services. So maintaining open communication with the parents of your pupils is a great way to make sure no one slips through the cracks.
At Engage, we make sure that all teachers are paid in line with national scales, and we will negotiate on your behalf with any school you are placed with to ensure you receive the daily rate you deserve. To join an agency that understands your value, register with Engage.
Once you’ve registered, you’ll hear from your own personal Engage consultant, who will work with you to create your own personalised career plan that suits your skills and goals.