Wellbeing for teachers
By Emma Morgan
Keeping a happiness jar
Each day write down one moment (or multiple moments) which made you smile, feel inspired, or laugh on a small piece of paper (these could be dance-specific or general). Then store it in the happiness jar. Anytime where you may have a ‘wobble’ or an instance of struggle, pour out your ‘happiness moments’ from the jar, and look through these to help you feel more motivated.
Being kind and compassionate to yourself (Neff, 2003) and kind and compassionate to others can improve your overall happiness, reduce stress, and enhance motivation. Try a 30 days of kindness challenge.
At the end of your dance class choose a lively, feel good song (or get your students to decide one from a selection of songs) and have your students dance freestyle to the music track. This can be a brilliant opportunity for students to shake out their worries, to let go and have some fun, and to connect as a group of dancers. You can join in on this one with students too!
‘Done’ lists are just as important as ‘to do’ lists
Create a ‘done’ list alongside your ‘to do’ list. Celebrate your everyday successes and wins; champion you!