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Manchester High School for Girls

Back to School with Suzy Glaskie

We were delighted to welcome - albeit virtually - Suzy Glaskie, Class of ’89, who led our first event in our ‘Back to School’ series on Monday evening. This new series of events aims to give parents and alumnae the chance to revisit their school days and enjoy both topics of interest (new and old) and school subjects they want to revisit by coming ‘back to school’.

Following an introduction by Head Mistress, Helen Jeys, Suzy Glaskie, founder of Peppermint Wellness, opened the event by asking our virtual audience to share their current struggles. The response was a wave of honesty and a variety of aspects our audience were struggling with from bereavement, guilt, eating, sleeping, not feeling themselves, lack of time and trying to keep up among so many shared struggles. Suzy picked up on many of these aspects whilst referencing her own personal journey. The audience then enjoyed an authentic and sobering conversation between Helen and Suzy on wellbeing, student wellbeing, social media and many other topics that affect our wellbeing along with the ‘hamster wheel’ of life and what it all means for our resilience when times are hard.

She offered practical tips to help with our wellbeing, including tapping - a great calming and stress relieving activity - as well as tips for those aspects of your life you can control, such as eating and technology usage, rather than aspects you cannot control such as the weather and government policies! She was also quick to point out that children mirror everything adults do and that it is up to us to create positive behaviours for our children to mirror that will help with their wellbeing including how we use phones/technology right before bedtime!

She also suggested introducing the ‘gratitude moment’ into the end of day routine which requires the individual to pick out one or two things each day for which they are grateful and write them down. Scientific research suggests that this activity can have a major impact on our mood and being.

The audience engagement and feedback was so positive throughout the webinar and by the end of the session there was an overwhelming feeling of positivity and calm. It gave us all the chance to take note of little things we can do that have a great impact on our lives, our own wellbeing and in turn the wellbeing of those around us.

If you missed out on the event, you can watch it here:

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