Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Staff Wellbeing

We understand the people are at the very heart of what we do. It is vital to our ethos, aims and mission that our staff are happy and feel supported in their workplace. We therefore are continually working on a robust staff wellbeing offer for everyone in our family. This includes a free counselling service, and specialist materials via our Occupational Health partners. 

As part of that offer, we also release regular wellbeing resources to all our staff via subscription and our staff intranet. We are pleased to share some of those resources with you below.

Oasis Wellbeing Resources

First page of the PDF file: 1Introduction

An introduction to our wellbeing resources, this first one talks about checking in with yourself and taking some time to evaluate how you are getting on in different aspects of your life. 

First page of the PDF file: 2TakingTime

Its not often that we take time to intentionally slow down. Even on holiday we sometimes go full steam. Here are some tips on taking some time. 

First page of the PDF file: 8COVID-19Resource6-LeaningintotheStruggle

This week we explore lament, and the concept of leaning into the struggle. How does this relate to hope? Find out more in the attached resource. 

First page of the PDF file: 10COVID-19Resource8-Relaxation

In need of some relaxation? In this week's resource, we link you to a great video for using muscle relaxation to support positive mental wellbeing. 

First page of the PDF file: 11COVID-19Resource9-Guiltadifferentperspective

What does 'guilt' mean to you? What does it mean to you in the context of COVID-19? We are discussing what affect feeling guilt can have on us, and how we can use it as a gift for a better tomorrow. 

First page of the PDF file: 13COVID-19Resource11-SummerRecipes

With the beautiful weather gracing our skies, many of us are starting to feel in the mood for summer, and perhaps some new and exciting meals options! We've put together 5 great recipes perfect for the summer months. 

First page of the PDF file: 14COVID-19Resource12-LiftingourGaze

How does the anger we feel link with our ability to forgive others or even ourselves? In this resource, we talk about how lifting our gaze and seeing the detail as well as the bigger picture can be helpful in recognising things in ourselves.  

First page of the PDF file: 15COVID-19Resource13-Doinggooddoesusgood

Do you ever feel good after doing something for someone else? Even if it is the smallest act of kindness - one you might think nothing of? This week we talk about what we can do for others and the helpers high. Doing good does us good. 

First page of the PDF file: 16COVID-19Resource14-Boostingteammorale

Many of us are in positions at the moment where we aren't seeing our teammates as much as we used to, but it's important to try to stay connected with one another on a personal level as well as work. Here are 8 ways you can boost team morale and keep a sense of team. 

First page of the PDF file: 17COVID-19Resource15-FindingtheJoy

When it feels like the world around you is struggling, it can be hard to find joy, which will have a huge impact on our wellbeing. So how can we re-capture those little moments that bring warmth to our hearts or a smile to our faces

First page of the PDF file: 18COVID-19Resource16-TheNewNormal

We've been on an incredible journey as a nation, and as a world, but how do we find a new normal? And how do we find peace with what that might be?

First page of the PDF file: 19COVID-19Resource17-TheWellbeingChecklist

Have a go and see how you are doing against the wellbeing checklist! 

First page of the PDF file: 20Itsallaboutrhythm

We all know rhythm in the context of music, or the transition of seasons and weathers throughout the year, even birdsong - but what role does rhythm play in terms of our wellbeing?

First page of the PDF file: 21TakingStock

This month we have been talking about rhythm, and what it means to get a pattern of behaviour or sense of 'flow' throughout the week. This week's resource takes a focus on evaluating the aspects of your life that you value, and taking stock of how much time and energy you're really putting into them. 

Download a copy of the document to fill in the worksheet with your own values/helpful activities.

First page of the PDF file: 23Losingrythmfeelingstressed

As we move into another month, and continue to find ourselves in a fluctuating state of uncertainty with the pandemic, we are going to be taking a focus on managing stress. In this first article, we explore why you might experience stress, and helpful ways to alleviate it. 

First page of the PDF file: 24EatingwellforImmunity

With the Winter months coming in, we are exploring how food can help us with immunity to common colds and flu. Find out what you could be eating and some great recipes here. 

First page of the PDF file: 25Capturingthemoment

You've heard it before - photographs are powerful storytellers; a picture can say a thousand words. But it's true. Photography is not only a great way to manage stress and anxiety, through mindfulness and patience, but also a great outlet to express how you are and what you're feeling at the point in time. 

We want to invite you to share your photos with us. 

First page of the PDF file: 26Itsnotthesumofeverything

In this piece introducing our series on anxiety, we talk about the impact of anxiety and start to think about ways we can frame or manage it to help us cope. 

First page of the PDF file: 27Identifyingandmanaginganxietypart1

We're looking at some NHS approved Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tips and tricks to help us understand and start to manage feelings of anxiety, stress and worry. 

First page of the PDF file: 28Identifyingandmanaginganxietypart2

In this week's resource, we are delving deeper into strategies that can help us to identify any biases we may have when it comes to anxious thinking, and going through a tried-and-tested method of challenging those thoughts, often used in NHS therapeutic sessions.

First page of the PDF file: 29Identifyingandmanaginganxietypart3

Completing this series, here are some more Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques for managing anxiety. In this resource, we delve into the 4 'U's of worry and share the 'Worry Tree' as a way to help sort anxious thinking into actionable or non-actionable - a great tool for anyone who finds themselves feeling stuck in moments of anxiety. 

First page of the PDF file: 30EmbracingWinter-Sleep

With the turn in the weather, and potential pressures of the winter season upon us (not to mention the virus...) we are looking at how we can embrace winter, and support our wellbeing through getting a better night's sleep.

First page of the PDF file: 31SleepandFood

Do you ever wonder if what you're eating might have an impact on how well you sleep at night? We are taking a look into the relationship between diet and sleep, offering some top tips for getting a good night's rest. 

First page of the PDF file: 32Christmas

The Christmas holidays can mean different things to all of us. For some it is a time of relaxation and joy, whilst for others the stress of sorting the day out, cooking food, or perhaps even affording food or gifts can mean we look towards it with dread. This Christmas break, here are some quick tips to help you get through. 

First page of the PDF file: 33WaitingWell

How often do you find yourself getting frustrated? How often do you sit back and think about what that means with regards to your patience? In this video resource, we explore how practicing good patience can affect our wellbeing both long and short term. 

First page of the PDF file: 35AndBreatheAgain

A video resource from Oasis Ethos and Formation Director, Jill Rowe, exploring how breathing can affect our wellbeing. 

First page of the PDF file: 39Forgivenessisselfcare

When we are hurt by someone, and we aren't in a place where we can forgive them yet, it can often leave us feeling low, anxious, angry and stressed. Sometimes time has passed and we may not attribute those feelings to the person who wronged us, but the effects can last and manifest in our emotional and physical wellbeing. This week we explore the power of forgiveness and its role in self care. 

First page of the PDF file: 40LifeisMessy

Do you ever feel like no matter how much you try to control, or perfect something, it never turns out how you want it to? Life is messy, and unfortunately for those of us with more 'perfectionist' traits, there's not much we can do to change that. So what can we do to manage how we feel about it?

First page of the PDF file: 41Keepingshortaccounts

When you have a disagreement with someone, do you deal with it as soon as or do you avoid it and hope it will 'blow-over'? It can be really hard to deal with conflict, even when it's something minor, but it's really important to reflect on how we approach it if we want to protect our wellbeing and foster good working relationships. This week's resource can help us start to think about what our approach may be. 

First page of the PDF file: 42Thebodykeepsthescore

When you're annoyed, frustrated or angry do you feel it in your body? Our bodies are incredible, and often have a way of letting us know when our emotions are heightened in one way or another. This week's article explores the impact of forgiveness on our bodies keeping the score. 

First page of the PDF file: 43Takingthingsslowlyeasingoutoflockdown

As we start to ease out of lockdown together it's important to recognise how we feel about it personally, but also the anxieties those around us might be having. We are all going to approach the next few months at different paces, so what can we do to be kind to ourselves and the people in our lives.   

First page of the PDF file: 44Listeningtoourbodies

How in-tune are you with your body? We don't always take the time to listen to the cues our bodies give us, or to just check-in with how we are feeling, but when we do it can be a really powerful tool for our wellbeing insight. 

First page of the PDF file: 45Talkingtoyourlinemanager

Sometimes the thought of letting other people know we aren't doing as well as we'd like to be doing can be so anxiety-provoking that we never have that conversation - particularly when it comes to work! But without letting those in our lives know what we're going through, they can't change their expectations or behaviour to suit what we need. Here are some supportive words to help with getting ready to have that talk with our line managers. 

First page of the PDF file: 46Actionbreedmotivation

We've reached a time of year where the weather is changing, we're experiencing longer evenings and things are opening up again as we move out of lockdown. But we might not feel up to, or like we have the energy to make the most of everything going on around us; our motivation might be low and lethargy levels high. In this week's resource, we explore this a little further and talk about the link between getting going and our drives. 

First page of the PDF file: 47Reachingouttalkingtosomeoneyoureworriedabout

Are you worried about someone in your life, but you're not sure how to talk to them or what to say? Here is some advice that you might find helpful.

First page of the PDF file: 48Ofcourseweretired

Fatigue is something that many, if not most, of us have been experiencing through the Coronavirus
pandemic. Under the weight of all of this, we feel tired. Why wouldn’t we be?