Emotional Well-being and Mental Health
“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl
I stillremember when I was a student, on being asked about a topic, I had selected ‘Stress’. On this, the examiner had exclaimed that everyone is stressed. Now post pandemic, when we are settling back to our regular life, there is a new definition for stress which relates us back to our mental health. If you google about the definition of mental health, it will define the term as the ability to cope with the stress and showcase their abilities in learning new skills in our life. In this course, the real challenge comes up with the well-being of the emotional state of our mind.
In today’s time, emotional well-being and good mental health refers to people of all ages. But the rising amount of lack of good mental health is increasing amongst one group of individuals – the youngsters or the students.
Due to the rising amount of emotional pressure amongst the students, it is not late enough to examine the reasons behind the cause of mental unrest among the students. The rush in the need for good academic performances and the competitive spirit amongst the students to excel one another in order to achieve success has resulted in the amount of mental pressure. Data says that over 60% of the girls and 40% of the boys feel tensed while appearing for examinations even if they are well-prepared. Moreover, the advent of mobile phones and the internet has created a sensation amongst the adolescents. This has absorbed more time in spending digitally.
Now, comes the question about why should we consider emotional well-being amongst the students specially the adolescents as so important. In order to attain a healthy lifestyle which is required for the steady growth of the individual. This can be only be possible through the joint ventures of the school and the parents. The school can implement it through their curriculum.
Let us have an understanding of the role played by the schools in upgrading the mental health and emotional well-being of the students, specially the adolescents through the approach taken by certain top CBSE schools in Bengaluru. Schools like the Glentree Academy in Whitefield or Sarjapur adopt certain measures which bring out the holistic improvement within a child. It is a very responsible task for such schools to create a curriculum where the lessons are not presented in a traditional manner. Instead, the lessons are presented in a unique manner where the usage of the techniques of activity based learning and digital learning is involved. Here in Glentree Academy, based in Whitefield, Sarjapur road and in the upcoming branch in Bannerghata road, activities are included in the form of Weightless Wednesdays where students spend an entire day once a month without any form textual learning.
Furthermore, the incorporated activities in the daily lessons which serve the overall growth of the students serve as an additional boost for the relief from the textual learning. Such curriculums where the students learn LFL – lessons for life would provide a different approach in learning. Such form of learnings proof to be an emotional relief for the students where they would not feel pressurized about performances in their examinations and as a result shift their focus towards engaging in an unhealthy lifestyle. Learning will be received in the form of fun and not as an additional pressure. It is very important for all of us, specially the parents and school authorities, to design curriculums and plan academics in such a way which would be received by the students in the form of fun-loving knowledge gain which they would utilize it later for achieving their goal. The sooner we change our approach, the healthier our students will be emotionally.