This month starts a New Year, the year I become a teacher (hopefully), and with a New Year comes New Year resolutions. So, with our Programme Leader banging on about making sure we have time out to maintain our work-life balance and our wonderful wellbeing afternoon before the Christmas break, the message finally sunk in and I decided I need to take some time for me. Between being a trainee teacher, a mum and a wife there is not often a lot of time left over (my ever-growing laundry pile is evidence of this) but this month I decided I to make time for me. Firstly, I picked up the phone to a friend and we both walked down to the end of our road and re-joined slimming world. Being a trainee teacher can cause you to be tired, stressed, elated and exhausted, all of which cause the biscuits and cakes in the staff room to call to me. It could be said that eating healthily has been a habit of mine that has slipped in the past four months, so back I went to my local group and just as importantly I now have time to catch up with friends there every week. But that’s not my only New Year resolution, this year I have also decided to take singing lessons. I love singing but for the most part those who hear me do not enjoy the experience quite as much. It has always been something I have longed to do well, and so I have finally bitten the bullet and stepped out of my comfort zone to try my hand at improving my voice. During my lessons I can physically feel myself relax and de-stress and the best bit is I can practice in the car on the way to and from school so my time for planning and assignments will hardly be touched. So here’s to new year resolutions whether you’re a trainee teacher needing to have some dedicated down time every week or someone considering applying for teacher training, take my advice, bite the bullet and do it – you won’t regret it.
Nikki Wood, Primary Trainee