"Courageous care partners recharge with self-care, striving for peaceful pinnacles
in patience, persistence, and positive 
changes, knowing when to conquer and when to comfort."


Dec 18, 2023 by Eileen Adler

 Social Emotional Learning

1. Self-Awareness and ways to improve it:

Ask for constructive feedback, Keep a journal, Learn new skills, Meditate, Pay attention to your thoughts and emotions, Pursue your passions, Practice mindfulness, Reflect on your experiences, Set goals, Use positive self-talk, and Work on building a growth mindset believing that your talents and abilities can be developed over time through effort and persistence. 


2. Self-Regulation ways to improve it:

Be mindful of your thoughts and feelings, Build distress tolerance skills, Find ways to manage difficult emotions, Look at challenges as opportunities, Practice communication skills, Recognize that you have a choice in how you respond, Use cognitive reframing to change thought patterns and emotional responses by observing a situation, a person, or relationship in a slightly different perspective, and Work on accepting your emotions.

3. Social Skills and ways to improve them:Ask open-ended questions, Find ways to start conversations, Notice other people’s social skills and practice your own, Practice good eye contact, Practice active listening, a way of listening to understand rather than to respond, Show interest in others, and Watch your body language, your non-verbal communication skills.  


4. Empathy and how to improve it:

Be willing to share your own feelings, Engage in a cause such as a community project, Listen to other people, Practice loving-kindness motivation, Talk to new people, and Try to imagine yourself in someone else’s place.

5. Motivation and how to improve it:

Celebrate your results, Focus on setting small, measurable goals, Introduce challenges to keep things interesting, Set goals to help build intrinsic motivation by setting aside quiet time for yourself, Work with a friend or co-worker to find accountability, and avoid Extrinsic Motivation.


Illustrations by Joshua Seong. © Verywell.


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