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Mindfulness for NQTs: Positive self-talk

by Alison Laycock

This can be linked to the previous post of letting go, however it does go a step further so is worth its own post. Are you aware of how you talk to yourself? Is there a difference in good or not so good moments? Does the way you talk to yourself help or hinder you? Do you talk to yourself the way you would talk to someone you cared for or respected.

Finding positive ways to talk to yourself and keep yourself focussed throughout the day can be the difference between enjoying your job or not. The more you can be positive with yourself even when you’re not following your own expectations, the easier you will find your role and the more you will be yourself. You will come through quicker if you can see your positive qualities and achievements especially hen you make a mistake.

Are there any positive actions you can take which can help you more? Can you implement actions and behaviours into your day inside and outside of school which you help you feel better about yourself and your lessons?

Can you model this for and with students? Finding ways to help them talk positively about and to themselves when things don’t go to plan? When faced with bullying or negative comments from parents and teachers then they can be mentally and emotionally prepared and also aware of their amazingness.

Every day throughout August, these tips will be shared across social media so I’m including my links here. Throughout August, I’m offering meditation/ mindfulness sessions for NQTS/teachers and school staff on 4th, 11th, 18th and 20th August at 7-7.45pm via ZOOM. If interested, please email Alison at

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I’m also offering 25% off all courses for NQTs who wish to develop their mindfulness and compassion skills and resources more. The courses on offer are the 8 week MBSR programme with sessions lasting 120 mins and there are also 6 week Mindfulness and Compassion courses which last 60 mins each session. If you prefer workshops rather than courses then these are also available and can be checked out and booked via

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