The Learning Renaissance

‘It feels like fresh air to my ears’: can brown noise really help you concentrate? | The Guardian

Some people use it to improve their focus while others use it to drop off to sleep. The writer Zadie Smith says she listens to it day and night. But … Continue reading

December 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Importance of Self-Care

November 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Cultivating Emotion Regulation and Mental Health | Scientific American

Susanne Schweizer is a neuroscientist investigating the development of emotional regulatory processes and their role in mental health across the lifespan. We found that the impact of emotional information on … Continue reading

November 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Big Idea: Should We Drop the Distinction Between Mental and Physical Health? | The Guardian

We live in a falsely divided world, which draws too hard a line – or makes a false distinction – between physical and mental health. The line is not now … Continue reading

October 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Critical Child Development Sequences and Milestones, via Charlotte Davies

I have long taken an interest in the posts of Charlotte Davies. Her specialism is in cognitive and development issues and the impact of underdevelopment on the potential of young … Continue reading

September 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

Shift Your Vibe! 60 Quick Ways to Make Yourself Slightly Happier | The Guardian

Things feeling a bit stale? These small tweaks to your routine will turn things around, boost your mood and could even make you a better person… Find them here: Shift … Continue reading

August 1, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Diminishing Returns of Productivity Culture | Culture Study

Technology robbed workers’ of what had been highly valued physical knowledge about a job: the precise way to jimmy a stuck gear, the sound a machine makes when something’s about … Continue reading

June 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

Is Our Definition of Burnout All Wrong? |

A term suggesting rock bottom stops meaning rock bottom when we’re all there and, somehow, still going. Is our definition of burnout all wrong? The thing that made me wonder … Continue reading

May 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

The People Deciding to Ditch Their Smartphones | BBC News

About nine out of 10 people in the UK now own a smartphone, a figure broadly replicated across the developed world. And we are glued to them – one recent study found that … Continue reading

April 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Leading an Exhausted Workforce | Harvard Business Review

Make sure you aren’t causing unnecessary anxiety on top of what people are already dealing with. In a time of crisis, there is a greater need for mental acuity, as … Continue reading

April 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Feeling Unfulfilled or Stuck at Work? 3 Ways to Help You Get Unstuck |

Have you been working heads down for so long that you’re not sure what you find interesting anymore? Or are you bored in your work life, confused, or unsure where … Continue reading

March 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

100 ways to slightly improve your life without really trying | The Guardian

The world feels like a pretty bleak place right now. Whether it’s taking fruit to work (and to the bedroom!), being polite to rude strangers or taking up skinny-dipping, here’s a … Continue reading

March 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

Low Self-Esteem: The Impact of Thoughts and Thinking Styles | The Skill Collective

Is your unhelpful self-talk dragging your self-esteem down? When all you’re hearing is negative press about yourself, is it any wonder that your self-esteem suffers? The Skill Collective considers the … Continue reading

March 9, 2022 · Leave a comment

Aspects of Rest

Many thanks to good friend of this site, Daniel Sobel, for sharing this insight into aspects, or even dimensions of rest. Too often we equate rest to an aspect of … Continue reading

February 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Is ‘Productivity Dysmorphia’ Stopping You From Enjoying Your Successes? |

Being successful is one challenge. Actually feeling successful is another. Without context, success is a meaningless word. Does it mean a particular bank balance or fancy title? The admiration of others? A … Continue reading

February 2, 2022 · Leave a comment

How School Leaders Can Build Realistic Optimism This Year | Edutopia

Amid the challenges of the past two years, a superintendent shares the four-step process he used to step back from his breaking point. …it seems we’ve all hit what feels … Continue reading

January 26, 2022 · Leave a comment

5 Ways School Leaders Can Work to Prevent Teacher Burnout | Edutopia

Retaining teachers can be a challenge, especially now, but focusing on making the workload more manageable helps. Effective leaders understand that added pressure with no added purpose will simply lead … Continue reading

January 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

Get Set with Radio 1 | Canvas

Adrienne Herbert, wellness professional and host of Get Set with Radio 1, shares five of her top tips for maintaining mental fitness and resilience as you take on new challenges … Continue reading

January 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

As Christmas Draws Near…

The simplest things are often the most effective, and tired and frazzled teachers sometimes lose sight of this. Have a successful end to your term and a restful and happy … Continue reading

December 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Quit Lying to Yourself | The Atlantic

Real happiness starts with telling yourself the truth, even when it hurts. These self-lies delay the changes we need to make, and abet our lies to others. In fact, self-deception … Continue reading

December 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

How to Create a Mindful Space for Self-Regulation | Edutopia

Setting aside a quiet room for students who need time and strategies to regulate their emotions helps them return to class feeling ready to learn. Students can access the Brave … Continue reading

December 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Everything is Fine

November 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Let Go

November 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Micro Habit Stacking – 25 Small Changes To Improve Your Life | Medium

Building habits in small ways is a sustainable approach that doesn’t overwhelm your brain. A small action daily is infinitely better and more impactful than a massive change you can’t … Continue reading

November 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

How To Overcome Imposter Syndrome at Work | The Asana Blog

Get tips on how to overcome imposter syndrome from Owen O’Kane, a psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience in physical and mental health. Whether we know it or not, … Continue reading

November 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Art of Great Management

November 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Work Mental Health + Performance | The Skill Collective

Research into the productivity costs of poor mental health on the workplace, as well as findings into the return on investment into mental health, build a case for the importance … Continue reading

November 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Emotional Resilience and Mental Health in Schools

Many moons ago, when our children were due to be born, Jane and I attended National Childbirth Trust classes. Our mentor used to set aside some quiet time in the … Continue reading

October 12, 2021 · 1 Comment