Students’ well-being refers to the psychological, cognitive, social and physical functioning and capabilities that students need to live a happy and fulfilling life. It is the experience of health and happiness that includes mental and physical health, physical and emotional safety, and a feeling of belonging, sense of purpose, achievement and success.
Wellbeing is essential at school because schools have an important role to play in supporting students to make healthy lifestyle choices and understand the effects of their choices on their health and wellbeing. Childhood and adolescence are crucial periods in the development of long-term attitudes towards personal wellbeing and lifestyle choices. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people grasp in the classroom help them build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their physical and mental health throughout their lives.
Schools are able to assist students with reliable information and deepen their understanding of the choices they face. They are also able to provide students with the intellectual skills required to reflect critically on these choices and on the influences that society brings to bear on them, including peer pressure, advertising, social media and family and cultural values.
There is a direct link between well-being and academic achievement and vice versa, i.e. well-being is a crucial prerequisite for achievement and achievement is essential for well-being. Physical activity is associated with improved learning and the ability to concentrate. Strong, supportive relationships provide students with the emotional resources to step out of their intellectual comfort zone and explore new ideas and ways of thinking, which is fundamental to educational achievement.
Many times, schools need professionals to address this core issue. ConsciousLeap gives a helping hand to these institutions so that students can achieve their dreams without compromising on wellbeing. There are both short and long-format workshops available addressing different issues. ConsciousLeap’s Wellspire Program is a 3-year program that helps students be inspired about wellbeing whereas Make YOU Happen is a 2 days workshop ideal to help students align themselves with success. There is also plenty of free content available on the website that you must check out if you haven’t already.