Managing and relieving stress is extremely important to staying balanced and in control as life throws hurdles for you to jump through. As we deal with the day-to-day stressors, employing quick stress relief techniques will help you bring your nervous system into balance. Middle and high school students do not have the skills to put their own toolkit together. Our schools need to be providing this opportunity to the students especially during the pandemic. The CDC supports schools addressing the social and emotional climate as an important part of creating healthy schools that support student health and academic performance.

Fuel The Joy Curriculum teaches middle and high school students how to create a personalized toolkit by accessing the five senses, smell, sight, sound, taste, and touch. For example, making sure that you have a piece of mint gum to bring your immediate focus back to the present moment can help to regulate your emotions in a stressful situation. Once you are in the present moment you can stop anxious racing thoughts and begin to focus your attention to gain control of the hurdle. This is one of the many quick fix tips offered through Fuel The Joy Curriculum for your middle or high school student.

Help Guide defines Emotional Intelligence through four domains self-management, self awareness, social awareness and relationship management. Gaining an understanding of all four domains and how you relate to them will help with a student’s ability to manage and move through difficult hurdles that impedes a child’s ability to access a healthy lifestyle, relationships and education. Fuel The Joy Curriculum brings the student through the four domains to explore who they are and how to navigate developing a toolbox to last a lifetime.

Bryant H. McGill hit the nail on the head when he said, “Whatever makes you uncomfortable is your biggest opportunity for growth”. As educators we need to instill in our students that it is ok to feel uncomfortable as this is where you stretch yourself emotionally to reach a greater understanding of who you are and learn who you want to become. Ask for the Fuel The Joy opportunity to come to your school today!! Create lasting change for students!

Written by:
Danielle B. Stanley, LCSW
Certified Positive Psychology Coach