The holidays are within reach and we have a good chunk of time to use as we please, right? Well, maybe so, unless you have a family to look after, organise and entertain (and possibly endure :/), work tasks and projects that didn't quite get done before we broke up, and a plethora of other commitments and responsibilities that fill our time.
So, how do we make time for ourselves and, crucially, what do we spend that time doing? I think we have idea of an answer to the second part of the question, it might help us make decisions and find solutions for the first.
The Wellbeing Wheel
This is not a new concept and one that is used widely in wellbeing classes and counselling. I have found it useful in assessing where I am in my life right now - which aspects are ok and which areas need a little TLC.
The wheel looks like the picture on the right. I created my own in order to cover as many of the areas I thought someone working in education would find useful to reflect on.
The task is to rate these different areas out of 10, reflecting on how you currently feel about them: 1-3 suffering, 4-6 surviving and 7-10 thriving.
The table is then used to zoom into 1-3 areas that you feel need some attention. Mine were exercise and nutrition, physical environment and finances. You can then consider possibilities to help move these areas up the wellbeing scale and ONE action you could take to make this happen. For example, my bathroom is VILE and makes me sad, so I'm going to look up different bathroom designs and costings, which in turn will help with planning finance (unfortunately not with exercise and nutrition, but oh well).
The BIG holidays
This exercise will, hopefully, give you a focus for the 6 weeks. We have to remember we cannot do everything - small steps.
Please let me know if you find this useful!