The #DetoxDecemberHT theme is something Healthy Toolkit has embraced over the last two years. Detoxing isn’t simply a matter of ditching the mince pies, upping the water intake and shaking off a pound or two.
” ‘Detox’ is one of those words which through slang and ‘text speak’ has been abbreviated from its original spelling. As a noun, detoxification is a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances. As a verb, to detoxify means to be actively involved in abstinence or expulsion of toxins. We normally associate detoxification with diet, alcohol or medication, but as we shall explore further, there are other aspects to our professional and personal lives to which the principles of detoxification can apply.”
This year we would like all of our followers to embrace the principles of Detox:
“The spirit of #DetoxDecemberHT lies in more than simply a change in dietary habits for teachers. If we examine our lifestyles as a whole we can identify other means to bring a more positive tone to our lives at a challenging time of the school year.”
Can we go a little further? Through December we will be tweeting our Reverse Advent Calendar, suggesting acts of kindness. Not random acts of kindness, but deliberate,considered, thoughtful and impactful acts of kindness and generosity which will genuinely reflect our standing as a caring profession.
1st December: Curate your Twitter block and mute list. You will never remember why you put this person there.
2nd December: Choose one additional item on your weekly shop and leave in the Food Bank box. The Trussell Trust will support so many of our vulnerable families this Christmas. Maybe some from your school.
3rd December: Leave cookies,chocolate or a lottery scratchcard in the pigeonhole of a colleague who has looked a little stressed.
4th December: Cover the playground duty of a colleague. Not for a swap but because it is the decent thing to do.
5th December: You know that child you only seem to be negative about. Call their parent/carer with news about the great work they have done. Positive interaction.
6th December: Bring a bag of fruit to the staffroom for your colleagues to share.
7th December: Hot Chocolate Friday: Make a Hot Chocolate for a deserving colleague who has had a challenging week.
8th December: Donate to your local charity shop. Toys, clothes, books: give a new home to something well loved.
9th December: Wish everyone a great week ahead on your group WhatsApp.
10th December: Make a pot of tea for your colleagues and indulge in some #TeaAndTalk
11th December: Strike up a conversation with that one colleague you never quite get around to talking to.
12th December: Mark some books for a colleague who may be getting behind.
13th December: Tidy a colleague’s book corner or desk, without them knowing it is you.
14th December: Hot Chocolate Friday: Make a Hot Chocolate for a deserving pupil.
15th December: That elderly neighbour of yours. Invite them for tea. Help with their shopping. Ask them about their Christmas.
16th December: Walk a neighbour’s dog.
17th December: Leave a Secret Santa gift for a colleague.
18th December: Smile at everyone you meet today.
19th December: Leave an anonymous note of thanks to someone who may be underappreciated.
20th December: Thank every child in your class individually for their great work.
21st December: The last day of term. Find that person you haven’t spoken to since October. Maybe you fell out. Make it up. Wish them the best for the season.
22nd December: Tape loose change to the car park ticket machine.
23rd December: Thank the person who has made the difference for you this year. Let them know just how much impact they have had.
24th December: Jólabókaflóð: The Yule Book Flood. Take the Icelandic tradition and gift a book to a neighbour or friend. Or just leave one in the pub, cafe or on the bus for an unknown person to encounter and enjoy.
One simple act. That is all it takes to show some positivity, love and respect at a challenging time.
Look out for our tweets through December. Use the hashtags #DetoxDecemberHT #ReverseAdventCalendar or #ActsOfKindness.