Most students face stress, mental/physical trauma, and pressure during their adolescence years. These stress triggers can range from examination anxiety, family conflicts, balancing academics with extracurricular or personal interests, bullying, child abuse, low academic scores or peer pressure. The reaction to stressors varies from one individual to another. A few can adapt to the situation and accept it, whereas some might get demotivated and move away from the path of progress.
An essential viewpoint on the roadway to progress is building one’s resilience to adapt to daily difficulties in our lives. Presently, there are certain words that cross my mind when I suggest the word ‘resilience’; they incorporate adaptability, hardiness, courage, flexibility. My most loved is the capacity of the person to be a ready to bounce back from negative circumstances is called resilience. Research findings have established a high correlation between resilience and academic success of the students. Resilient students have high motivational level despite the presence of conditions/situations that make them susceptible to stress.
There are indeed a number of factors that are central to building educational resilience. An arrangement of such variables that add to resilience could be characterized as factors that identify with mindfulness. The students should examine their inward contemplations and whether these considerations are helpful or deterrents for their set goals. Following their thoughts, feelings and recognizing their emotions can help them be aware of their responses in different situations. This helps them to be profoundly mindful of their strengths and utilize them to conquer difficulties. The students should be aware of their shortcomings to address them and hopefully show signs of improvement results. The second factor is self-regulation; self-regulation involves the capacity to change your thoughts and feelings that are not helping in a situation. The students should set their goals as resilience motivates to accomplish our aims. Also, they should learn to view a situation from different perspective to comprehensively understand it. This, mental agility will assist to boost resilience among the students. Having the capacity to think critically to recognize the underlying cause of an issue and to have the capacity to solve the problem helps them to deal with tough situations.
Positive thinking acts as an engine of strength to remain in the wake of a difficulty and attempting to beat the pressure. It gives them the confidence for a positive future.
Another variable that matters in resilience, is to separate the variables that are not under your control. The students should also develop self acceptance and be realistic about their goals. The conviction that we can ace our condition gives us the strength to deal with the stress and become more resilient.
The students should be taught assertiveness skills and coping strategies to respond effectively to the challenges that confront them. The primary goal is to prepare each and every student to handle daily stressors that are a part of their life.
Role of Parents, Schools and Educators:
- Build safe and supportive relationship with your child as it bolsters resilience.
- The parents should encourage their child to pursue activities of their interest. This leads to venting out of negativity in a positive way.
- Strong bonds with relatives, community and friends help them to be more resilient.
- The schools should actively involve the major stakeholders of the child to improve interpersonal relations.
- Enriching school environment with experiential learning to provide the children with immense opportunities for exploration of their interest and strengths.
- The educators should be compassionate and empathetic while dealing with emotional issues of the children.
- The teachers should encourage the students to be participative in class along with positive reinforcement.
- During transition phase, the students should be psycho-educated about various changes they will undergo and help them to recognize and accept the change.
- Motivating the students to perform well academically through interactive sessions on various topics like study skills, dealing with examination anxiety, time management can also promote resilience.
- Focusing on developing social skills boosts resilience among students. For Example, teaching anger management strategies the child is better able to regulate emotions and hone skills needed to cope with emotions.
- Positive feedback from parents, teachers and peers emphasizing on the child’s courage to cope in a particular situation will increase the morale of the child and broaden the repertoire of positive thoughts and emotions.