Having a clear purpose in your job and being able to align this to that of your school will really help you power through those times of greatest pressure. Use the resilience chat cards (purpose) to support you. If you are not clear about why you do what you do, this step will help.

“I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.”

Leo Rosten

Do you find yourself in any of these situations?

“I’m not feeling as connected to my job/team/school as I used to or I would like.”

“I’m under so much pressure to get everything ready for class / parents / my line manager.”

“I don’t feel like I’m making a difference to anyone or anything in my job.”

“I’m not feeling motivated today.”

“I don’t see how what I do makes the difference – too many other things are in the way.”

Find your purpose and use the resilience cards from the Welbee learning centre. Picture people with purpose.

If so these are actions you can take

  1. Be clear about your goals: think through everything you do and why it’s important to you, your team and the school. Make sure you celebrate small wins and successes – it will help reduce the pressure you feel.
  2. Engage with the school values: ask yourself how your behaviours live up to them and don’t let the behaviours of others affect how you feel. Be generous to others and volunteer when something needs doing – people will reciprocate.
  3. Build relationships: find time to talk about another team member’s day and ask them what contribution they think you make. Listen to understand the impact you have as perceived by others.
  4. Reframe your tasks: think about the benefit you are providing to colleagues/students rather than focusing on the activity itself.
  5. Recognise your language in conversations: focus more on the positives – the good students and colleagues, not just those that cause you problems!

Click here to see the next chat cards – people

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about building resilience or improving staff wellbeing, please get in touch.

Other articles in our resilience and wellbeing toolkit

Resilience and wellbeing toolkit (introduction)

The difference between pressure and stress

The symptoms of stress and lower resilience

Managing stress and building resilience

The major causes of workplace stress

13 tips to build your energy and wellbeing

Resilience Chat cards

Introduction

Find the place of greatest opportunity

Find your passion

Build your support team

Plan for what might happen

Develop a positive mindset

Take physical action


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Building resilience, Leading schools, Staff wellbeing, Staff wellbeing in schools, Teacher wellbeing


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