The purpose of this unit is for students to reflect on their emotional well-being. Students will discuss how to regulate their emotions, use resilience strategies to cope with anxiety or depression, consider how best to deal with grief, and decide how forgiveness could help them feel more inner peace.
Emotional well-being begins by naming and accepting our emotions. They are part of life, both positive and negative. Even though it is normal to feel negative emotions, we can choose to react in ways that align with our values. If we mess up or hurt others, we can always seek their forgiveness. Forgiving others can also help us feel peace.
When we pay attention to our emotions, we can observe patterns, even concerning patterns like anxiety or depression. Though some worry or sadness is regular and normal, these emotions can indicate a deeper problem when they last for long periods of time without improvement. Luckily, there are many resources and people who can help us through these challenges.
Grief, at first glance, may seem like depression, but it is unique and must be treated somewhat differently. After a loss (e.g., death, divorce, etc.), it is normal to mourn for a time, which will likely disrupt our regular daily routines or habits. After time passes and healing begins, our regular routines, habits, and feelings can return. Everyone experiences grief differently. It is best to exercise self-compassion and patience throughout the healing process.