My students are the most at-risk students at our school. Most of my students come from high poverty, encountered traumatic life experiences, and face many challenges. In order for our students to succeed and have a positive learning experience their social/emotional needs must be meet.
I want students to understand that mastering their Emotional Intelligence can lead to improved internship, career, and post-secondary success.
Often, teens need guidance with what to do with their emotions. For some teens, emotions come on strongly and they may not have the tools to manage those emotions. In worse case scenarios, a teen might turn to drugs or alcohol as a means to help them manage their feelings. In other cases, a teen might distance themselves from feeling and perhaps even become depressed. The good news is, everyone can be more aware of their emotions. It just takes practice. But it's worth the effort: Emotional awareness is the first step toward building emotional intelligence, a skill that can help people succeed in life.
Health and wellness are not only restricted to physical health, we have seen in current events that it is important to also understand and manage emotional wellness. Emotional wellness inspires self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner strength. By providing students with washable floor mats, cushions and covers, and sensory toys, we are providing them with a safe, clean space to process and manage their emotions, encouraging independence and proper decision-making skills.
We serve a diverse demographic of students who come from diverse background and who, many, do not have the opportunity to process their emotions or have the space to reset from their environment.
Wellness rooms can serve numerous functions and can be customized to meet the unique needs of students.
Research has shown that students today are under just as much stress as adults. According to a survey conducted by APA’s Stress in America survey, on average, teens reported their stress level was higher than that of adults. The most commonly reported sources of stressors were school, their future, and financial concerns for their family. Stress, as with adults, also affects their sleep, which in turn affects their overall physical health. It is recommended that in order to combat this we should provide students with the resources to build adaptive coping skills, rather than maladaptive coping skills such as emotional eating or alcohol or drug use, as a means to manage their stress. Mechanisms to accomplish this is through exercise, engaging in mindfulness, learning social, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills, implementing healthful eating and sleep habits, and receiving emotional support.
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