Quick Tip for Healthy Communication
Often, in our school days, frazzled by everything that needs to be accomplished, we skimp on our self-care and turn the blame for our feelings on our co-workers, students or their families. Next time you find yourself on the edge, follow this quick tip for healthy communication.
1. Stop. Take three deep breaths and press your hegu point - addressing your body's physical stress reaction before communicating is key to healthy dialogue.
2. Reflect. Is this a problem that can be "self-resourced"? If you can solve the problem by taking a walk, eating a quick snack or drinking some water, take care of yourself. Stress exacerbates problems, so take care of your physical body and yourself before you seek outside help.
3. Ask for specific help. Once you know you need help, be willing to get clear on exactly what you need, how long it will take and who can support you (based on their strengths). As we discuss in our Strengths Development PD, clarity of need helps others support you more easily.
Remember, healthy school communities focus on a balance between the needs of its invididuals and the needs of the collective. Healthy reflection and communication is key!
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