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Discussing Emotions - Weekly Wellbeing

Welcome to the Weekly Wellbeing Blog which brings you all the latest exciting developments in the new Wellbeing Curriculum over the last seven days at BIS HCMC.

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Other people can help if you talk to them...

What makes you worry? Your health? Your family? Friendships? World problems? 

Worry is a normal human reaction and like all emotions we experience, it is a valid one. It can be a positive emotion - it can stop us from becoming overconfident or lazy. Anxiety, an uncomfortable feeling of worry or fear, and an emotion everyone feels at times is our body telling us that a situation may be dangerous and motivates us to solve a problem. 

But when do we know if worry and anxiety have become a problem to ourselves? What signs should we look for? What should we do?  

This was the key focus in this week's lesson as we bring our theme of ‘Emotions’ to a close. Students firstly completed the task below which provided a starting point for a discussion on what kind of things cause them to worry.  

Wellbeing Emotion Scale | BIS HCMC

Like so many of our discussions over the last few weeks, every student had a different reaction and as ever, showed honesty and bravery to express their thoughts - some were worried about the world as they see it at the present moment, some were worried about their future, some were worried about schoolwork and some were worried about being different. 

We then explored the sources of support, advice and guidance available to us when we have worries and the positives and negatives of each depending on the situation; parents, family, friends, teachers. As we do in every lesson, we talked about the specific help we can provide for students who may not feel they have anyone to talk to; as well as a dedicated Head of Year and Tutor, each student can access our specialist Counselling and Student Support team should they wish to talk to someone. 

How can you help as a parent or guardian? What should you look for? How can you start a conversation? Below are a list of questions you can ask to begin a discussion on worry and anxiety with your son or daughter:  

  • Do you often feel overwhelmed?

  • Do you constantly think things may go wrong?

  • Do you often feel that something bad is going to happen?

  • Do you get upset if you make a mistake?

  • Do you care too much about being right?

  • Do you ask lots of unnecessary questions?

  • Do you need lots of reassurance? 

  • Do you cut yourself off from other people?

  • Are you always in a bad mood?

  • Are you always irritable or angry?

  • Are you always tired? 

This week, I have asked Mrs Katie Walsh, a parent of a Year 10 student, to reflect on the work we are doing in the new Wellbeing Curriculum:

"I really appreciate that BIS has recognised that the students are different following their period of virtual learning and that right now, as a part of their learning and Wellbeing lessons in particular, there are some real conversations happening about feelings, emotions and ways to describe them.  In order for my daughter to be able to tell me how she feels about what she is going through right now, first we need to teach her the language.  Then later, when she is practised enough, we can sit down and talk about what this new different person wants from her new, different life."

Should you have any feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me at robert.alexander@bisvietnam.com. I hope you have the opportunity to discuss what we have covered in Wellbeing this week with your son or daughter and thank you as always for your support with our new Wellbeing curriculum.

Mr Alexander, Head of Middle Secondary (Pastoral & Wellbeing)

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