fine fettle in December
Working in schools can be stressful! This article is intended to help those who work in schools reduce stress and increase satisfaction. Key points: December is crazy, don’t be surprised. This happens every year. We are more susceptible to irritations and poor decisions when our resistance is low. Instead of going into the ‘survival shuffle’ try to focus on lifting your head and staying well. by Steve Francis
The month of December is a crazy time of the year in schools. We may be feeling swamped at a time when our energies are low and many of us feel we are running on empty. During this time we are more likely to be sensitive, ‘thin skinned’ and emotional because we are run down and in need of that well earned break. We shouldn’t be surprised. The same things happens at this time every year. The important thing is HOW we respond to this challenge.
Monitoring our self-talk and our sensitivity are particularly important at this time of the year. We are far more susceptible to allowing irritations that would not normally have an affect on us to get to us. Our resistance is low and we are vulnerable to both attack from outside and poor decisions within. Now is the time to watch our words, resist the temptation to ‘shoot from the hip’ and make decisions on the run. It is when times are tough that reputations are truly made. A harsh or insensitive word to someone can undermine our good work in building relationships throughout the year. It is important to be aware of our moods and on guard that we think before we act. Remember back to the start of the year! Most of us start the year with energy, vim and vigor. We were rejuvenated by the break and were ready to put all of our energies into being as effective as we possibly could. We have a break coming up for rejuvenation. Stay well.
Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr perform "Shall We Dance"