Welcome to The Resilience Project’s Daily Reflections Program. We cannot wait to get started with you and your community!
Please find below more information about the reflections, plus the research and benefits which sit behind them.
If there is anything we can do to help support you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the TRP Education Team via [email protected].
What are Daily Reflections?
Daily Reflections are short exercises embedded into your school’s diary designed to build wellbeing and positive mental health.
Reflections focus on the key pillars to resilience: Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness (GEM) and they take about 2-5 minutes to complete. The idea is to practise these GEM reflections daily so they become a habit and create a GEM culture at your school.
Recent research from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute reported that early prevention and intervention are key to reducing mental health disorders in children, and adolescents/schools could play a major role in ensuring this occurs. Using these daily reflections are a small but integral part of instilling positive mental health strategies for our young people.
Practising these daily reflections regularly will help in developing them as a habit. By doing so this will promote powerful change and growth to improve your overall mental health. Research suggests that benefits of positive emotions help us to cope better when faced with adversity in our everyday lives.
When you complete the Daily Reflections or facilitate them with your students will depend on the time you have and what you think will work best for you and your school. The most important thing is that you have an agreed approach and all teachers are aware of their role in facilitating these reflections. Some ideas to consider include;
- Setting aside a daily reflection time throughout your day.
- Embedding it into your morning or afternoon routine.
- Making it part of homeroom/pastoral group.
- Scheduling them in the first period after lunch.
- Using them in the first maths lesson each week.
The reflections are designed to be a completed by students independently. To facilitate completion, teachers may;
- Model how they would respond to that days reflection.
- Go around the room/circle and share some/all responses or reflections after completing.
- Start a whole-class brainstorm to generate ideas before individual response.
- Think, pair, share exercises.