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How are you feeling? Really, how have you been feeling?

By Marc Brackett posted 06-06-2021 12:42


How are you feeling? Really, how have you been feeling? It’s not a simple question. Nor is there a simple response.

Perhaps, like most people, you have you been riding a roller coaster ride of emotions over the last year? Have you given yourself “permission to feel” all your emotions?

As nurses in our schools, we must take care of our own emotional lives so that we can both show up as our best selves for our colleagues and students. Why? Emotions matter! They influence everything: our attention and memory, our ability to learn, our capacity to make sound decisions, the quality of our relationships, our physical and mental health, and our everyday performance. And it’s our “wise use” of our emotions that is especially important to our personal and professional success.

In my keynote, I will teach the skills of emotional intelligence, referred to as the “RULER” skills of recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotion. I also will share research-based strategies to help school nurses (1) manage their own emotions and (2) support educators and students in managing their emotions. Participants also will learn about the systemic, evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning developed at Yale that has been adopted by over 3,000 schools across the globe. Everyone should expect to leave with tools they can immediately apply to developing their own emotional intelligence to enhance personal and professional success and create systemic change in their schools.

Marc's session at Virtual NASN2021, is titled Permission to Feel: Healthy Emotion Regulation During Uncertain and Stressful Times. and will be presented on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 during the NASN annual conference.  Learn more or register to attend the conference. 

See also Dr. Brackett's podcast titled Permission to Feel: The Feelings are Real.