Helping students grow their own capacity to be resilient in the face of setbacks is a skill that will benefit them their whole lives. To this end, we partnered with The Allstate Foundation to create these concrete, engaging teen resiliency bullet journal pages for middle and high schoolers. Here’s how to use them:
Talk to kids about resiliency
Resiliency can be defined as the ability to call upon one’s inner strength and continuing to move forward even when things are tough. It’s hard to know how resilient you are unless you pay attention to the skills you have or need to strengthen.
Share the five resiliency factors and show them how to track each in the bullet journal pages:
1. Begin with Yourself
Developing resiliency begins with knowing that you have the power to shape your own habits. To nurture this inner strength and power, we must know ourselves well. Use the mood tracker to become your own observer and learn more about yourself.
2. Make Connections
A community of support helps you bounce back from setbacks. Set goals for how you touch base with friends and family. Write down a list of ways you can connect with friends. Then, write about a time you had a setback and someone helped you through it.
3. Take Control
You may not be able to control what happens around you, but you can choose how you react. Practice taking control by adopting positive habits and then watching as your habit tracker fills up day by day. Have you been meaning to drink more water? Eat more vegetables? Get more sleep? Or spend less time on social media? You have the power to make that happen!
4. Expect the Unexpected
Life is often unpredictable, so resilient people stay flexible. It’s important to put your all into the work that you are doing, but understand that it may change. That’s why it’s important to appreciate every small success.
5. Set Goals
You might have big dreams, but it’s a good idea to set small goals that lead to reaching the dream. Write down two things you’d like to change, and what you’ll do to accomplish them.
Share habits and goals
Often people don’t know what habits and goals are worth setting. Hearing what others have chosen may help kids discover new paths for success. Have your students share their goals with one another.
The more tweens and teens learn to track their habits and observe themselves, the more resilient they become. Ready to get them started?