Emotional Wellness

Emotional Wellness

April 2013

At the start of the year, the 3 literacy teams working alongside 5 schools in Durban explored holistic development – cognitive, physical, spiritual, social and emotional growth, applying this to their roles in school with the children they interact with on a daily basis and to themselves personally. As a follow-up, in May, the Domino, Greyville and Mariannridge Teams had the opportunity to participate in a workshop on ‘Emotional Wellness’. Barbara McLean from Bright Site, a Service-Learning Centre for 4th Yr social work students at the University of South Africa, lead a workshop for our ladies. Barbara started the workshop by putting everyone at ease with an ice-breaker. Each person shared a little bit about themselves and said one thing they loved about themselves – this was challenging, as we were being asked to reflect on what we actually like about ourselves. Through this activity we made an emotional web and thought about how our emotions connect us to others. The workshop enabled us to develop an understanding of what’s meant by emotional wellness & consider what it means to be emotionally well. We all had the opportunity to reflect on what we’d learnt & to contemplate whether we’re emotionally well, thinking about the choices we make daily. Barbara facilitated key conversations where people were able to share honestly within a safe space. We were introduced to the personal wellness circle which expanded our thinking on what contributes to wellness – emotional, physical, social, environmental, occupational, spiritual & intellectual factors. All who participated in the workshop benefitted & we’ll continue thinking, talking through & applying what we learnt to our everyday lives.


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