As this class comes to an end, its bittersweet. I am sad the class is ending, but happy with all the lessons I can take with me. Through this class I have learned to stop to enjoy the moment and how to lesson my stress with work and school. We covered a lot in class about cultivating our own happiness to accomplish the perfect dream of having a healthy, successful and happy life. A couple of topics that stood out the most were social emotional learning and positive psychology interventions. All three of these topics hit home, for one I wish that more schools could implement more social emotional learning programs into their curriculum. Children are leaning more than just being creative they are learning simple lesson that will later help them in the long run. I love children and working with children I worked with many ages of children with multiple years of childhood education under my belt. But if I would have known about these programs earlier when I had the privilege to show teacher this they might have been able to fit it in their busy schedules. Second, I have used multiple of these exercises since learning more about them to help with the stress of working two jobs and applying to nursing school. These activities are helping keep me sane through this tough process.
As my career develops I am going to continue to use the meditation, acts of kindness and optimism. With these concepts in mind I will be able to make it through the rough days when a child comes into the emergency department suffering. They will help move past the events that are so traumatizing that you don’t want to remember, but you know you did all you can. I have made many changes in my life since taking this class, such as spending more time with family and cherishing the moments. Taking a few minutes everyday to gather my thought and make to do lists of what I need to do and trying to not stress over paying for school. There are still things that I need to work on like engaging myself more into a social life and try to come out of my shell. I have also focused my mind to more positive thinking so when something negative comes around I am not dweling on it I am thinking of ways that I can change it.
With all the information I have learned through this class, I am planning on showing my friends this information and activities to practice for themselves. Many of these activities I have already shared with family and friends to practice and see if it has the same effect on them as it did with me. Things happen for reason we will never know but we can do somethings. That we can take every moment we can and change it to wear we are less stressed from everyday life and make every moment a cherished one full of memories that are worth remembering. Taking the bad memories like death and changing the way we are thinking to something positive like all the happy moments our loves one gave us.
So take your life by the horns and make it more positive and meaningful!