The Importance of Emotional Wellness in Education
When we think of education, we generally connect it to school, college, or any other educational institution. It is usually associated with a form of transferring information through a proper system of instruction. However, education can also simply be an experience that awakens or enlightens us. Experience can educate us about things that a system would never be able to, such as values we learn by interacting with new people and adapting in different settings.
Our emotions play a vital role in our education. Everything we do, from acquiring knowledge, to using it and passing it on, is dependent on how we're feeling, and affects our emotional well-being. Motivation is connected to our mental wellbeing, since it is the need for us to want to achieve something to feel a sense of satisfaction. We can feel motivated or demotivated from internal as well as external factors, such as emotionally feeling drained or an external experience triggering an emotion.
Feeling overwhelmed, especially during later years of education, is something that all of us encounter. All of a sudden we have to grow up, make important decisions that would impact our future, get involved in activities other than education, and balance a social life along with academic pressure. This pressure can come from the sheer amount of work, and from people such as parents, teachers and peers. Suddenly, everyone has raised expectations, some parents might want to force their children into a field they don’t want, society might look down upon anyone who takes up a line of study that is rarely picked up, we might feel anxious about having to go to a new place and start a new life. How all these things impact us affects our ability to absorb what we are being taught.
For example, feeling motivated, having parents that give us freedom to choose what we want, and having a good social life would help in having a good grip over studies. However, feeling overwhelmed, panicking, and facing pressure can loosen this grip, and it is fairly common. During the pandemic, once online school started, some of us were able to pick up where we left and could adjust to the system, while others faced the problem of not being able to focus, deteriorating emotional health, losing real life connections and overall not feeling good about what was going on.
This impact has been felt by a substantial amount of people. All across social media we can see students sharing their stories of how they are trying to cope with this form of learning, and how it has impacted their mental health, along with being in quarantine, not being able to socialise and travel like we used to. It is important for us to find a way to help us mentally so that we can concentrate on online classes better. A few things can include meditation, staying in contact with our close friends, going out for occasional walks and taking care of our sleep schedule. However, educational institutions also need to understand that this is a hard time and should not be assigning more work, the reason being given that students are at home and have more time to complete them. This mindset completely ignores other important factors such as increased screen time, situation of the household and emotional wellbeing.
Overall, educational performance is directly linked with emotional wellness. Managing our emotions, especially during a situation like this, is important in order to make the best out of our education. There is a need for a joint effort for learners, educational institutions and people around them to contribute to making education less emotionally overwhelming and more valuable.