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Excelsior MAT,
Colmers Farm Primary School,
Leybrook Road,
B45 9PB

Multi Academy Trust

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Resilience Root


Resilience - Learn to manage stress and build resiliency to help you roll with life’s punches


 Life can be fast paced, unpredictable and challenging at times, it’s important we have the tools to cope with what comes our way. We know that stress can place huge demands on our physical and mental health. As reported by the HSE (2020) in the Annual Statistics Report, in 2019/20 stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 51% of all work-related ill health cases and 55% of all working days lost due to work-related ill health’. The graph below shows how work-related stress, depression and anxiety have increased in recent years. 





 HSE (2020)

It is also clear from the report that feelings of stress, depression and anxiety are more prevalent in public service industries, such as education.


Try these well documented 5 top tips to help you feel more positive


  1. Connect

Building good relationships is great for wellbeing helping to build a sense of belonging and a network of support


  1. Get outside and active

Breathing the fresh air and getting even a swift walk can clear your head and help you to refocus


  1. Try learning something new

Build your self-confidence and self-esteem by learning a new skill. This could be anything from arts and crafts to a new hobby. Click here for inspiration lifehack


  1. A small act of kindness

Giving back to others is proven to improve mental wellbeing creating positive feelings and a sense of reward.


  1. Try mindfulness

Pay attention to the present moment and the world around you by practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness is proven to positively change your perception of situations and help you deal with life’s challenges.

You can find out more about mindfulness here Mindfulness.

The mental health charity Mind also produce resources on how to practice mindfulness and the benefits for your mental health. Click here for more details  Mind - Mindfulness


We want to signpost you to tools and resources to help you build resilience and increase your feeling of wellbeing. You can access our relaxation exercise here - Excelsior MAT - Relaxation exercise


Try these……



Mental wellbeing audio guides

The NHS have developed a series of mental wellbeing audio guides to boost your mood and help reduce feelings of anxiety.

Click here - NHS Audio Guides


Top 10 Stress Busters

Click below for 10 top tips to help you feel more in control.

Click here - Stress Busters


A Breathing Exercise

An quick and easy way to calm your breathing, wherever you are.

Click here - Breathing Exercise


Easy time management tips

Regain control by learning to manage you time effectively.

Time Management Tips




 Want to learn more?


Understanding depression and anxiety

Course Description

Understanding depression and anxiety, explores the causes of these mental health issues, with a particular focus on stress. You will consider some risk and causal factors for some depression and anxiety disorders, and learn about the biology and psychology behind them.

Click here:

Understanding Depression and Anxiety



Making Sense of Ourselves

Course Description

Making sense of ourselves, introduces you to well-known psychological topics by asking and answering everyday questions, such as Why don’t we like one another? Why would I hang around with you? Do you see what I see? What’s the point of childhood? You’ll learn how psychologists can go about addressing these questions using different research tools and approaches

Click here:

Making Sense of Ourselves



Stress Management

Course Description

Do you suffer from stress and anxiety? Our online selection of courses and videos offer great tips and techniques on stress management for your personal and work life.

Click Here:

Stress Management



Excelsior MAT staff also have access to an online wellbeing portal. Please contact HR for details. 



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Meet Our Root Advocate - Sue Evans

Sue Evans is a Speaker, Author and Trainer, and Founder of the FAST Pathways Academy, which supports the strategies and skills for improving performance through wellbeing.  Sue’s a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), and an Approved Havening® Practitioner, trained in each by the original creators.  She has a Diploma in CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), a combined Diploma in Hypnotherapy, Coaching and NLP; and Institute of Leadership and Management certification as a Mentor and Coach. Sue has kindly agreed to share some of her knowledge and skills to help our staff build their resilience to deal with stressful situations. Please keeping reading to find out more...



"You know those days which get off to a bad start and never seem to recover?  Perhaps the sinking feeling as you open your overflowing inbox, or your kids right on the last minute getting ready for school. It’s draining.

Those little frustrations and interruptions, or the daunting To-Do list, can easily have you on the back foot.  The more stresses you’re experiencing, the more likely they are to build up, so that things which normally wouldn’t be, become a big deal.  But not all stress is bad….

Let’s explore together a powerful alternative to trying to manage stress, so you can take whatever life’s throwing at you more smoothly in your stride.  Get access to ‘The Guide to Keeping Stress Useful’ and three of the most versatile skills at"


Contact Sue Evans, sue.evans@fast-pathways.com

(Sue Evans - Fast-Pathways)