365 days in my shoes Day 295


How are you?

Are you well? Good!

If not, never feel guilty.

Having read @Teachertoolkit blog post on feeling guilty and not looking after oneself, this is for everyone who needs to make sure they have some ‘me time’.



I have an amazing staff at my new school. We have had an incredibly busy and intense start to our first half term together. Obviously, I am keen to get off to a great start and we want the best for our school. I know my staff work tirelessly, relentlessly and go the extra mile. They put children at the heart of everything we do.

It is my job to look after them. To make sure they have time allocated for whole school areas and issues etc…

It’s very easy to tell someone they need to out themselves or family first, isn’t it? The hard bit is actually DOING IT!

I have been overwhelmed by how much they look out for and after me.

Emails and texts this week have shown me how much the staff I am privileged to lead are very much a ‘we’ and an ‘us’. There definitely isn’t an ‘I’ in team where I am working.

In order to look after others one has to be able to look after oneself.

I know I have burned the candle at both ends and the middle over the last few weeks. Have I cleared the decks yet? Probably not and probably never will. Our decks never really clear, do they? I am sure a lot of things piling up on our decks are our choice and ultimately our fault.

However, no matter how well you want to do, how much you want to impress, or how hard you think you are working; you must always stop, reflect, evaluate and ensure you have that moment of downtime, the me time, being you and knowing it is good enough.

I also feel very privileged to have some amazing head teacher and other SLMT contacts on twitter who check up on me every now and again, and likewise, I check up on them too.

Whether it’s a text, DM, email or phone call, just knowing you’re being thought of, being asked how things are, how you are etc… a little reminder about leaving work at a reasonable hour, leaving the work in the workplace and not bringing it home all the time etc… Often it can be easy to tell others to do all of this but not so easy to do it yourself and that’s when you really need the nudge in the right direction from others every now and again.

We look out for each other.

We aim high to be the best we can be.

We look out for each other at all times.

Working together achieves mORR.

Make sure you stop and simply be!






“Do something every day that is loving toward your body and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sensations of your body.” ~Golda Poretsky


“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by my self.” ~Brian Andreas


“Your breathing is your greatest friend. Return to it in all your troubles and you will find comfort and guidance.” ~Unknown


“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” ~ Benjamin Franklin


”In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.” ~ Dalai Lama


“Allow yourself to enjoy each happy moment in your life.” ~ Steve Maraboli


“The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.” ~C. Joybell C.


“Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners” ~ William Shakespeare


“Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.” ~ Karl Lagerfeld


“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.” ~Deborah Day


Take care of yourself before taking care of others who more than likely don’t even appreciate what you do for them!


While loving and taking care of others don’t forget to love and take care of your

Know what you do is enough and it is GOOD enough.

You are enough!

Be you!

We will survive!

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