According to the Mayo Clinic,
“Resilience can help protect you from various mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. Resilience can also help offset factors that increase the risk of mental health conditions such as being bullied or previous trauma. If you have an existing mental health condition, being resilient can improve your ability to cope.”
This post focuses on how resilience and the subsequent skills of problem solving and positive change can improve mental health in our students.
Resilience, Problem Solving and Positive Change
When you have resilience, you are able to cope with adversities, setbacks, challenges and disappointments. Resilience and problem solving go hand in hand: A resilient mindset lends itself to better problem solving skills. And when kids can solve their own problems and conflicts they are better equipped to deal with frustrations and things not going as planned.
When adults solve problems for children, we are actually doing them a huge disservice, as it lessens their confidence in their own abilities and sets them up to fall apart when faced with obstacles down the road. When we are faced with stress, grief, anger, pain and sadness, our resilience and problem solving skills help us through. We learn we can get through it. We know when to reach out for help or support when needed and we can bounce back and bounce forward.
This is also where making positive changes comes in. When we have resilience and can sort through our own problems, we can learn from our mistakes and how to move forward. Making positive changes enables us to not fall back into destructive patterns. When kids learn that choices they make impact outcomes for themselves, they can choose more appropriate actions. These three skills, resilience, problem solving and making positive changes, can lead to more productive lives with less feelings of stress, anxiety and overwhelmingness. When we improve these skills in our students, we are setting them up for mental wellness and more successful lives.
Tips – How Educators Can Help
- Help students form strong connections with others. Peer and student/adult relationships can provide the support they need during hard times and enable them to reach out for help when needed. You can do this by creating a team culture in your classroom or school, conducting team building activities several times a month and encouraging your students to get to know each other on a deeper level.
- Set goals with your students and celebrate accomplishments. This will give them a sense of pride and ownership over their hard work.
- Reinforce any time you see a student solving a problem independently, resolving a conflict peacefully, trying their best, not giving up, staying positive or making a positive change. This will help them make a connection between that they did and how it will help them moving forward.
- Be open and honest with your students about how you are resilient, how it helps, and how you make mistakes and learn from them. Model appropriate responses to setbacks and failures and how you cope with your feelings. Encourage them to be open with each other and you.
For information about how TEAMology seamlessly integrates these skills into the fabric of the school day, through the use of characters and symbols, please contact us here.