My Top 5 wellbeing investments

These are my top 5 wellbeing investments. What about yours?

Tweet them using the hashtag #wbtop5.

jasp-edited1 – Jasper

I am not advocating dogs for all staff as a stress relief measure. That would be irresponsible. So, accepting that pet ownership is a huge commitment and not everyone’s cup of tea, let’s agree to let my magnificent beast stand as a metaphor for the importance of having other things in your life. Could be a dog, could be a hobby, could be a sport. Something that is nothing at all, whatsover, to do with work and that you actually find irresistible. You really can’t ignore it. I mean LOOK at him.

That planning can wait.



2 – The Gym.

Don’t roll your eyes like that. I’m not saying you have to join a gym. Maybe you did already. Maybe I just reminded you to cancel the direct debit. But do find some exercise you enjoy. The health benefits of exercise are so well documented, I’m not going to list them here. We all know we should be doing some exercise, but so many of us don’t, or don’t do enough. I love the gym because I can go at my own pace and in my own time. You may enjoy yoga classes, or Zumba, or paddle boarding, whatever floats your boat.

Exercise is what Charles Duhigg refers to in The Power of Habit as a “keystone” habit.  In other words, a habit that can trigger widespread change .

“When people start habitually exercising, even as infrequently as once a week, they start changing other, unrelated patterns in their lives, often unknowingly. Typically, people who exercise start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. It’s not completely clear why.” *

If you’ve been thinking you need to make some changes for the sake of your health but are overwhelmed by the prospect of it, try just upping your exercise level. You may be surprised how other things fall into place.

3 – Bluetooth bath speaker

I do love to read a book in the bath, but if my current read is a library loan or on the kindle  I tend to listen to the funnies (When is the News Quiz back?) or an audio book. If, like me, you’ve a tendency to ruminate when undistracted, this is perfect.

4  – Slow Cooker.

With the nights drawing in, healthy eating gets a bit trickier. Salads are less fun in November, I find. But with this you can pop on a stew packed with veggies or a chili and it’s ready when you get home from work. Get a big one, overcook and freeze portions for lunch or those days when you can’t face chopping onions at 6.00am 🙂

BBC Good Food has a great slow cooker section for recipe ideas.

5 – Actifry

This is a recent addition to the Schoolwell Towers kitchen and it has 2 huge advantages:

1  You can make ace chips with only a tsp of oil and actual real spuds quicker than putting the oven on and slinging in some oven chips. Yes, I know, chips, but you have to bring a little carby joy to mealtimes occasionally. You can do sweet potatoes if that makes you feel any better. 

2 By far the best thing from a wellbeing point of view is it will cook a healthy stir fry while you are in the shower. Just stirs it up by itself. Brilliant.

They even do a bluetooth connected one, so you can control it from your phone. If you like that sort of thing…

Sam is a primary school teacher and founder of You can find her on twitter or staffrm or send her an email.

* Duhigg, C (2012). The Power of Habit. London: William Heinemann. p108-109.

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