Wellbeing is a word thrown around a lot in education at the moment. But what is it?
Wellbeing is NOT cakes in the staffroom, a day off for your birthday, or drinks at the pub after school. It isn’t a yoga session, nice soap in the staff toilets, or a mug filled with chocolate bars with a post it note stuck to it with a message reading “I love you!”.
All of those things are called being nice.
I am not saying don’t do them. In fact, they are great ways of showing appreciation, gratitude and value to staff members. But let’s not be confused. It isn’t wellbeing.
The dictionary definition of wellbeing is: a state of comfort, health and happiness.
I have two more words to add to this: freedom and ease.
I want people to be free to be whoever they want to be. Without that how can anyone have a good sense of wellbeing? I want my children to be free to be as weird, strange and different as they want to be, and for the world to accept them. I want the same for all children.
You need to be at ease with who you are and your place in the world. There is nobody better at being you than you. Stop trying to be perfect as it doesn’t exist.
When you are absent of ease, there is a word to describe it: dis-ease.
It is where the word disease comes from.
When I was a headteacher, I saw my role as trying to ensure every barrier was removed that caused my staff a feeling of dis-ease.
This leads me to my one sentence definition of wellbeing.
Wellbeing is: the absence of dis-ease.
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