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What do you make a priority in your life?

What do you make a priority in your life?

What are your priorities?

I’m sure I’m not alone in having different priorities for different parts of my life.

Work Priorities

Deadlines

Projects to complete

Accounts

Daily emails which have to be scheduled

Creating new resources…

Family Priorities

Spending time with the children and my hubby

Making sure we make time to visit my family in Yorkshire

Spending time with my in laws

Making sure the kids are growing into compassionate and independent young people…

House Priorities

Decorating my daughter’s bedroom

Painting the bathroom…

 

You get the idea.

 

I’m sitting here typing and feeling a little frustrated with myself.

What came first?

Work!

Working in the gardenNow I can try to tell myself that that’s because I’m working now so that’s the mode my brain is in. But the reality is that during the week my priorities do tend to revolve around work, particularly during the day. My diary is carefully colour coded to make it easy to see who needs to be where and what blocks of time I have to fit everything else into. I do make sure I take time for myself too.

Treating myself while getting work is often my compromise. (I’m writing this in the garden – my happy place on a sunny day. It’s my reward for getting my accounts and tax return completed this morning). 

Getting plenty of sleep, is vital otherwise I know I don’t function as efficiently as I should. Making sure I eat well, for the most part, because I know that I feel more tired and have less energy if I do. Laughing, a lot and singing a lot and getting outside in fresh air and nature every opportunity I get all help me to feel like my needs are being met.

Life gets busy!

Sometimes life get so busy. The last few months I have had four really big projects to complete (two are still ongoing!) and I have had to prioritise; I haven’t written as many blogs, I haven’t created as many new lesson plans and I haven’t been on social media as much as usual.

I needed to make sure that I got my priorities right.

For me, that meant:

  • not hurting my body by running on adrenaline by trying to be everything to every one.
  • making sure that my additional work commitments impacted on my family as little as possible
  • looking after my health by eating and sleeping properly
  • breaking everything down into bite sized manageable pieces.

It’s amazing how breaking things down makes them feel more manageable.

and breathe...Like my daily mindfulness programme, “and breathe…”. My students are learning to be more mindful in less than 10 minutes a day and will have a wealth of resources equal to, and over time surpassing, most mindfulness courses.  All from reading a short email every day and maybe watching a video or listening to a quick MP3.

Not only have my students prioritised their own well being, they are also prioritising the well being of their families and class. By taking that short time every day, they are feeling more calm and in control. This is impacting on every aspect of their lives.

I’m not suggesting that you all sign up, and make that a priority (although if you feel it would benefit you, I would love to have you join our growing community). What I am suggesting is that you find something little, that you can do every day, which you make a priority to help you feel happy.

All too often we prioritise work, family, housework… and forget to prioritise ourselves and our happiness.

A small shift in your priorities can have a huge impact on your life.

If you know anything about the Law of Attraction, you will know that what we focus on grows. If we are always focusing on how much work we have and how little time, then guess what we will attract? When you focus on how much time you have for yourself and how happy you are with your life, you will have more time and grow in happiness every day.

Maybe make your priority a gratitude practice? Creating a gratitude journal is a wonderful thing to do to help you to focus on the positives. There are lots of ideas for introducing gratitude into your classroom in my Gratitude blog.

Is your priority is getting fit and you want to find time to go for a run every week, or go to the gym twice a week?

Perhaps you love baking and you want to find more time to bake?

What is stopping you from making time?

If it is really important to you, make it a priority and do it. You might not get the ironing done or the dusting may wait a few days. The world will not stop spinning because you took time to make yourself a priority.

What are you going to make a priority this week?

If you want to make learning mindfulness in an accessible and pressure free context a priority find out more about the all new “and breathe…” daily programme. It is simply a friendly and informative daily email. It helps you learn mindfulness techniques and helps you stay stress free and calm every day.

I’m ready to prioritise myself and my mental health!

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6 Ways to Introduce Gratitude in your School

6 Ways to Introduce Gratitude in your School

 

Gratitude is a word which is used a lot these days, particularly in alternative and new age circles, but what does it really mean?

Well, it is about being grateful. Grateful for; what you have, for the people in your life and for the opportunities your have been given.

Why is gratitude a magical thing to introduce into your school?

Well, there are lots of reasons. It’s so easy to focus on the things we don’t achieve. The media are always very quick to jump on failure but rarely look at all the amazing things happening in the world. We as humans seem to be pre-programmed to dwell on our inefficiencies and almost ignore our triumphs. Gratitude is a great way to reset the balance a little.

It is a basic human emotion to be thankful for the things we have. But in the modern world, we increasingly take basic things such as food and shelter for granted. Teaching children to be grateful can only be a good thing, even if it only helps them to put into perspective the fact that “everyone else” has the latest gadget and they don’t!

It is also proven to increase happiness considerably (if you want to read some science you can do so here.) Happier children are more confident, more cooperative, are less likely to be influenced by others and, importantly for schools these days, they achieve more.

How can you encourage an “attitude of gratitude” in your school?

Gratitude JarHere are some of my favourite ways:

  • Gratitude Jars – This is one of my favourite things in the whole world. You have probably seen it on social media at this time of year. It is so simple but so effective. All you need is a container and some scraps of paper. Simply write a little note every time something happens which you are grateful for. “I am so proud of the whole class because they were so well behaved on the school trip today”, “I am delighted that Sarah wrote her name for the first time” whatever it might be. Write it down, date it and pop it in the jar. You can write them all or you can allow the children to pop their own notes in too. Then when you are feeling like nothing is going right or at the end of term, read through some of the achievements in your jar.
  • Gratitude Journals – Similar to the Gratitude Jar, but this involves each child writing three things they are grateful for in a book or journal every day. This helps older children to really look at what makes them happy and how others are helping them in their daily lives.
  • Gratitude Display – Why not make a display of all the things your class are grateful for at the start of the term? Write thank you letters to someone who has done something special for them. Have your gratitude big and bold in your room.
  • Staff Gratitude Display – Many schools are now including a display in the staffroom where teachers and support staff can thank other members of the school for their help or for an action which really helped them.
  • Random Acts of Kindness – Why not choose one child or member of staff every week to receive a random act of kindness? It may be a little note saying something positive or a small gift.
  • Circle Time Games – Circle time is the perfect opportunity to express gratitude. You can ask each child to thank another member of the class for something. Give them an chance to say thank you for something that has happened to them or something they have received. Encourage them to think about all the amazing things they have which many children do not.

I hope this will give you a few ideas for how you can encourage your school to be more grateful. Start with yourself. Why not start a gratitude journal? It will begin to have an impact on you, your classroom and on the school.

I am very grateful that you have taken the time to read this post. I am thankful to everyone who takes something away and implements it in their school.

Thank you x