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Soulfulness in Schools

15 Feb 2023

College Students Grappling with Mental Health Disorders and schools are woefully unprepared.

College Students Grappling with Mental Health Disorders and schools are woefully unprepared.

For students, college life is a defining moment in their life! Away from the comforts of their home, away from the constant love and attention they seek, life at college campuses becomes tough and rough, especially for those students who aren’t ready/prepared to connect with various students from different walks of life - some well-behaved, some not so well behaved, some soft-spoken, some rude, some helpful and some very curt.

Not just that, the mounting pressures to complete the syllabus, to study, to perform and to score – give them very little time to enjoy social life and connect with like-minded students.

In today's day and age students are inundated with work - they take the burden of work to bed, and wake up with the burden in the morning. They barely get to sleep, stretch or breathe easily.

Most of the time studying in cooped up rooms leaves very little fresh air. Moreover, anxiety and fear grips them when most are labelled as ‘misfits’ by other students and are harassed to no limits – naming them, insulting them and breaking their confidence and self-esteem. Some are body-shamed, others are made to re-think about their capabilities, few are tormented emotionally. This vicious cycle gets too difficult to handle.

For students living on college campuses, outside their cities, homesickness coupled with lack of compassion and empathy shown by their co-students or sometimes even their peers and faculty members makes them break down emotionally.

This is generally the case so the crisis at the campus always has its toll on the mental and emotional well-being of students. What colleges can do is probably have lots of recreation and compulsory outdoor activities, and encourage mingling of students from various walks of life by sharing their common interests and hobbies, partaking in entertainment programmes, grievance redress sessions and laughter clubs. Students should be counseled on the art of ‘being compassionate’, ‘being friendly’, ‘being receptive’ and ‘being humble’.

If students are made to learn to meditate, to regulate their breathing, to do yoga and focus on their nutrition, it will enhance their overall emotional well-being.

While good nutrition will infuse vitality and improve the general well-being of their biology; apart from changing the fabric of their mind-sets and emotions, exercises and other sports activities will help balance their mental equilibrium.

Schools can have a role to play in shaping students’ personalities. So, at school level itself, children should be prepared to face the challenges of college life.

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Published in Speaking Tree

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