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How to Prioritize Positive Mental Wellbeing


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Are you prioritizing your mental wellbeing?

If you’re anything like the many directors and owners I’ve worked with, your answer probably depends entirely on the season.

Student enrollment? Staff hiring?

Forget about it, Chanie.

I know—I understand how it goes. When we’re caught up in a constant state of hypervigilance, we find it difficult to slow down, rest, and take in life’s little pleasures.

For me, I experience this struggle more than ever when I’m out in nature with my family. 

Instead of taking in the sights, breathing the fresh air, and appreciating the small moment of peace, I’m worrying about which of my kids needs to eat and whether I packed the sunscreen. 

But as I’m sure you realize, it’s when you’re busiest that you need to focus the most on your mental wellbeing. 

This week’s podcast dives into the topic of learning how to prioritize your mental wellbeing. 

In this special bonus episode, I sit down with members of our Director’s Inner Circle & Owner’s HQ to find out where they’re struggling and offer strategies for bringing more mindfulness into their lives.

We talk about:

  • The connection between fear and control
  • How trauma affects your present reactions
  • Avenues for regaining composure under high anxiety and stress
  • …and more!

When you learn to prioritize your own mental wellbeing, the benefits don’t stop with you. By changing the way you operate during stressful seasons, you transform the way you show up for your staff and your school. 

This creates a positive ripple effect throughout your school culture, impacting not only the commitment, accountability, and loyalty of your teachers and staff, but also the quality of your partnerships with parents.


Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

Creating a school of excellence starts with you. To support you on this journey, we’ve compiled a series of resources aimed at helping you be the most effective leader you can be. Learn more about our School Leadership Tool Kit here.

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More about the show:

If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and beautiful quality of life.

Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make every day which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve every day.

In addition to weekly solo episodes, she’ll also be inviting industry leaders and the changing makers of the landscape of education to give listeners the inside knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

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