Now that we know what the physical and behavioral signs of emotional distress looks like in our students, what do we do to help them cope with these feelings? Learning how to cope with stress is an invaluable skill that students of all ages should be equipped with. We may not be able to change the circumstances or stressors that our students are experiencing, but we can certainly equip our students with the skills and confidence to handle these feelings.
Let’s break it down.
Teach our students to respond to stress in healthy ways…
Research has shown that guided meditation and relaxation exercises, yoga, gratitude writing, and guided imagery have successfully been used as school-based interventions demonstrating positive effects on student stress levels (Maykel, 2018). Need help finding mindfulness activities to use in the classroom? Check out our new Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum. It includes a variety of interactive lesson plans, including guided breathing, stretching, and imagery video activities.
Remember that we all handle social-emotional distress differently and what works best for one student, may not work best for another. As always, if any changes in behavior persist or if a student is experiencing significant difficulties at school, do not hesitate to consult with other school professionals and parents.
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