Ep 80: Remaining Buoyant & Navigating the Chaos Of School Life

Are you an educator struggling to maintain your wellbeing amidst the chaos of school life?

In this episode of the School of Wellbeing podcast, I discuss practical ways to remain buoyant with Dr Denise Quinlan, co-founder of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience. With extensive knowledge in the areas of wellbeing and resilience, Dr Quinlan shares valuable insights on how to get clear on your vision for the future, prioritize ruthlessly, and why collective resilience matters. We also explore how resilience is not just about bouncing back, but bouncing forward and building knowledge and insight about ourselves and the world.

Tune in to learn how to put on your “flippers” and use resilience skills such as regular meditation, exercise, and staying in touch with loved ones to help you stay afloat during challenging times.

In this conversation we discuss

▫️ Getting clear on your vision for the future.

▫️ The benefits of ruthless prioritisation.

▫️ Why collective resilience matters.

▫️ And so much more…

You can quote us on that…

“Our resilience skills are a bit like flippers in that you’ve got to put them on and use them.”

Dr Denise Quinlan

“The people that I see that are really diligent and committed to looking after their own wellbeing are people who’ve had a problem and don’t want to go back there again.”

Dr Denise Quinlan

“The more things are changing the more important it is to keep reconnecting and and re-establishing our priorities”

Dr Denise Quinlan


Dr Denise Quilan – New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience | Simplr Health | LinkedIn

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Hi, I'm Meg!

B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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