Snow day

Walking home on one evening the snow was falling thick and fast.  I passed adults turning their head to the sky and smiling, children skipping and laughing trying to catch the snowflakes, happy to be outside.

This simple four letter word can conjure up so many emotions ranging from the negative to the positive, particularly for the adults.  On a day with snow, I worked with a wonderful group of teaching assistants and we came up with this list of responses in the first few minutes of our meeting.

  • Worried
  • Happy
  • Overwhelmed
  • Anxious
  • Deflated
  • Fear
  • Scared
  • Dread
  • Fatigue
  • Frustrated
  • Sorry for the children
  • Hopeful
  • Excited
  • Sad

All which they experienced as they made their way to school in the morning.

We hold on to these emotions. They can be seen in our own behaviour however hard we try to suppress them.  Each of these teaching assistants had to manage their emotions as well as the emotions of the pupils. As we discovered yesterday, some found it very tricky to show a measured response to the first snow of winter. Managing those emotions takes a great deal of energy.

The aim of this session was to take a close look at our own personal wellbeing. We noted that our negative emotions can have an immediate and marked effect on our that wellbeing, be it eating, sleeping, thinking or moving.

This session took place in a school, but my sessions are not limited to schools. Taking a deep dive into our own personal wellbeing is a great way for any organisation to promote staff wellbeing.

If you are considering developing your team please make contact and let’s work together.  If your staff can learn to recognise some of the negative emotions they bring to the workplace and deal with them appropriately, their personal wellbeing and the wider workplace will see the benefits.