In Print

If you’ve read the Skills with Frills blog, but you’d like to hear more…. check out our sister sister, Anxious-Ambition.com – Jo writes regularly with reference to wellbeing, health and fitness, mindfulness, CBT, positive psychology and happiness in general.


For strategic advice, ideas, lesson plans related to Inclusive Teamwork, see Jo’s
4-page pullout in Optimus Educations’ ‘Special Children’ magazine.


Jo is a Wellbeing Columnist for the Times Educational Supplement (TES):

**Click here to go to Jo’s TES Author Page for all articles**

Wellbeing articles for Staff and Students:

How to support and challenge students with anxiety

I’m fed up with being a 24/7 teacher, how do I get some headspace?

5 healthy packed lunch ideas

3 mindfulness exercises to fit into the school day

Seven exercises you can squeeze into the school day

How to fall asleep – 3 tips for teachers

7 lifestyle hacks for happy teachers

5 tips to stop putting things off

7 Healthy snacks to get you through the day

Two self-help tips for getting out of the stress cycle

How to tackle negative influences: Thoughts on School Dementors

Negative Mindsets to avoid: Unhelpful thought patterns for teachers

8 Tips to Reduce Workload Stress

2 Tips from Children’s Books on Being Happy

7 Quotes to Teach and Live by

3 Rules that Teachers need to Break

3 Tips to beat the Winter Blues

5 Ways to ‘Detox’ in the New Year

Three Teacher Wellbeing Problems & How to Overcome Them

Three things I did to Manage Anxiety

7 Deadly Speaking Sins for Teachers to Avoid

Recipe for Stress – 5 Things we Need to Stop Doing

Why Teachers need Playtime too!

Waiting time isn’t dead time – it’s essential for our Wellbeing

4 Steps to being a Happy Teacher

Want to be happier? Learn to Listen

Four Steps to a Healthier Relationship with Tech

Are Great Expectations Destroying Teacher Wellbeing?

The 5 Signs of Teacher Burnout

The Key to Teacher Wellbeing? A Better Mental Diet

How to Juggle a Teaching Career and a Relationship

4 Ways to Pull Yourself Out of a SATs Spiral

How to Tackle Decision Fatigue

How to Nurture Empathy

Teachers! You don’t have to Accept being Unhappy… (Getting off the Hedonic Treadmill)

Listening Positions: How are you Listening?

Anxiety is rife amongst Teachers: Here’s how it Feels

Don’t let Teaching make a Monster out of You

Impostor Syndrome: Four Ways to get your Inner-Critic to Pipe Down!

Four Ways to Support Students with Mental Health Problems

Stuck in a Vicious Cycle? Let’s Break it! 

5 Ways to Stop Social Media Spoiling your Summer

How to Boost your Emotional Intelligence

A – levels: How to help Students Cope with Disappointment

GCSEs: How to Talk to Stressed-out Students

How to be a Happy Teacher 

4 Wellbeing Ideas that could Actually Make a Difference

Are you Feeding the Anxiety Monster?

Getting Outside, No Matter what the Weather

Why we need to work on our What-ifs 

‘Closing the Gap’ to a Better You

4 Ways to Reconnect with Fellow Teachers

4 Ways to Give your Brain a Break from Teaching

5 Guaranteed Ways to get Death Stares in the Staff Meeting 

4 Common Student Phrases and what they Really Mean

5 Guaranteed Ways to get Death Stares in the Staff Meeting

4 Common Student Phrases and What they Really Mean

Coronavirus: 7 Ways to Protect your Mental Health

3 Tips to Beat Procrastination when working Remotely

4 Reasons Hobbies help Reduce Teacher Stress

How to Battle Shame as a Teacher

4 Free Wellbeing Tools to Support Teachers through Lockdown

How to Maintain Positive Habits in Lockdown

Avoiding Mental Overload in Lockdown

4 Free Apps to help Manage your Anxiety

5 Thinking Habits Teachers Need to Work On

3 Ways to Cope with Change 

TES School Leader’s Wellbeing Clinic (monthly in 2020):

How to Help Busy Teachers Improve their Wellbeing

How to keep up Morale when you ‘require improvement’

Coronavirus: 4 Wellbeing Tips for Communicating Remotely with Staff

Coronavirus: How Leaders can Practise Self-Care this Easter

Supporting Staff Wellbeing as they return from Lockdown

Why Communication is Key to Teacher Wellbeing