As practitioners we are constantly thinking about the well being of our children; clean noses, healthy food, toilets, exercise, rest, activities to nurture and stimulate. The list is endless and is something we do without a second thought.
What about ourselves?
That made you stop in your tracks didn’t it. It’s not a selfish thing to be thinking about our own wellbeing too. Let’s reason this out, if we are not taking care of ourselves then how can we give the children our best? It’s not possible really. This is a highly stressful job that we do with so many demands on our time which often feels like we are being distracted from our core role; to care for the children who come to our settings. A little bit of mental housekeeping does you the world of good, I often feel it’s better than a holiday at times (although I do enjoy my holidays too!) One great way I have of getting my work and personal thoughts in order is running. I’m a member of jogscotland and go out with my local group twice a week. Also I go to Parkrun most Saturday’s as well, also whilst doing the 5k I sort some work priorities for the next week. Both of these are free so you don’t have a financial commitment which can add a bit of stress when you feel obliged to attend because you are paying for it.
Running isn’t for everybody but for me I find it a great way of escaping the cares of the world and work and making time for me. If you fancy going it a try here are the websites for more information:
This article has not been endorsed or paid for by either Jogscotland or Parkrun.
No, I don’t mean the red and white things that are constantly popping up on our roads (I mean, seriously, traffic cone manufacturing must be the most profitable industry to be in!) The cones I refer to are the lovely natural pine cones. They seem to be in constant supply around my house, the joys of the country I suppose.
I have to say that I do collect them, in fact I currently have a large bin bag full of them ready to surprise my little darlings with once I decide exactly what I’m doing with them.
You see my dilemma don’t you? The possibilities with something so natural and free are endless. If you think about maths and numeracy then the simple use would be to put a bowl of them out and use them for counting. You could even make up laminated cards (or squares on the ground using twigs) and put a specific number beside them for the children to count up to. Add more challenge for older children such as using high teen numbers (or beyond).
How about getting creative? Lots of glue and glitter and you’ve got an instant Christmas decoration (did I just mention the “C” word in August?)
How about attaching labels with the children’s names on. You could use this as a form of self-registration when the children arrive. Perhaps take it a step further and put them on a tree. You can get reasonably priced artificial trees from various bargain style shops.
So, there’s 3 suggestions, what’s yours?
There’s no doubt that having a healthy mind is one of the key factors to being happy and healthy at work. However it’s not always that simple.
There are frustrations in both your professional and personal life which can hamper this and cause us so much undue stress and strain until breaking point is only a melting Mars bar away!
I’m going to search around for some great stress relieving techniques to try out.