Step 6: Personal strategies and plenary
Explain that coping strategies are as unique as our stress responses. Everyone will have a preferred coping strategy. Ask them to call a few out – a glass of wine, a hot bath, walking the dog.
Divide suggested strategies into two categories:
Note on a flipchart. Invite participants to consider exploring strategies in the healthy/supportive column.
To begin a new wellbeing way of life in school, explain that you are going to close with a treat for their bodies! Choose a physical activity that you know your staff will participate in. Suggestions include
- a massage train,
- a simple dance,
- a series of stretches
- and a ‘shake out’ tension exercise.
If you have a PE or dance specialist ask them prior to the unit to prepare and lead a fun five minute stress reliever with some loud upbeat music such as James Brown’s I feel good! Be encouraging. Have fun. This will help build rapport and develop a new approach to whole-school wellbeing.
Give participants a few moments to share with a partner and then group-share the benefits of doing the unit and addressing the issue of stress in school. Remember to take photographs of all flipcharts from this unit for future planning.