‘Failure week’ is about teaching young women that failing is an acceptable, normal and healthy part of life. They will learn how to cope with failure through a series of assemblies, workshops and activities, along with hearing stories from parents and tutors revealing their own failures.
Headmistress Heather Hanbury said: “Fear of failing can be really crippling and stop the girls doing things they really want to do.”
Overreactions to failure can cause severe anxiety and low self-esteem, which often has negative impacts on other aspects of life.
Ms Hanbury explained that her emphasis as headmistress was to promote resilience and robustness amongst her pupils, in the hope that they would take these important characteristics with them into the working world.
The fear of failing can prevent a person from taking risks, and leave them in a rut. Anxiety can cause a whole host of resulting health problems, including headaches, fatigue, obsessions, insomnia and heart palpitations.
Learning how to cope with failure from a young age could help prevent mental health problems later in life.
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