“We don’t do things at speed here in Valley Road.” My husband sometimes (often) comes out with immortal lines – that one just tickled me.
But it also chimed with my current thinking. Having been off for two days this week with asthma-exacerbated issues, I need to slow down, to realise my own mortality.
In our Chaplaincy group at school, we have recently discussed teacher well-being and for me that is vital – how can we give out as teachers, as Christians, if we don’t look after ourselves first? Note: that’s not JUST look after ourselves – but look after ourselves SO we can also look after others. Isn’t that our mission here on earth?
So … HOW?
- Personally, I rather like Martyn Reah’s #teacher5aday (which would I hazard to suggest work even if you’re not a teacher!) That particular journey started (?) here: https://martynreah.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/teacher5aday/
2) I also like Mindfulness … not some random or possibly dodgy (depending on your worldview) Eastern mysticism and emphatically not something that, for me, conflicts with my Christian faith – nor something that demands it (I think that’s a whole different discussion for another time!) and have found the following sites useful – particularly the former as it’s so easy to do and his voice is so calming!:
For me, Mindfulness isn’t rocket science. One of my former blog posts was essentially about considering giving up teaching – I didn’t. Instead of jettisoning something I love doing (on my best days), I found a way to cope with it, to shift my mindset (another buzzword, another blog?!) rather than the essentially hard work that goes into being a teacher (and many other professions, before anyone shouts at me! And being a mother before anyone shouts at me that this is also a job … I fully agree! And a father … with aforementioned caveats and disclaimers! And a human being … ditto.)
3) Finally and certainly last but not least – there is God. Never do I realise more than when I have come to the end of my own resources, that I need God in my life. Fair play to anyone else who manages without – each to their own. I am not foisting God on anyone who does not want Him / Her (oooh – contraversial … another blog?) just reiterating His/Her invitation:
Pic 1: http://quotesgram.com/exhausted-animals-with-quotes/
Pic 2- 6: https://www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk/page/?id=4284
Pic 7: https://www.youtube.com/user/SmilingMindTV
Pic 8: https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/297237644127306886/