Resilience is the ability to overcome adversity caused by hardship and stress. Of all the ways students can build resilience, mindfulness is an often overlooked but effective way. Mindfulness builds resilience by enhancing emotional self-regulation and promoting mental flexibility, which are both very important components of inner resilience. In this week’s lesson students will learn what mindfulness is and how to use it to help them overcome stressful situations.
Read/review the information below to students:
Have students type or write two to three sentences about a recent time they felt stressed out or upset about something and then answer/discuss the following questions/items together:
Have students create a free hand drawing of something they feel represents resilience to THEM. This can be an abstract picture or something specific that speaks to them. How the picture looks does not matter. Remind students that it is helpful to have a visual representation of this very important skill available to them to encourage them.
We have a tendency to think that resilience is a skill that we either innately have or don’t have. This is not the case. Resilience is something that can absolutely be developed and built within students, with the help of a caring adult. Help students build resilience by teaching them skills and giving them tools to regulate their emotions and thoughts. Mindfulness is a great tool to do that! Here are five additional ways you can help students build resilience: https://www.edutopia.org/article/5-ways-build-resilience-students