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Lesson 5: Self-Control for Troublesome Feelings


This lesson helps students apply self-control strategies to manage troublesome feelings. Students identify troublesome feelings and discuss possible consequences of expressing these feelings in inappropriate ways. They examine the concept of self-control and how being in control can help them manage stress and deal with troublesome feelings in healthy ways. They practice demonstrating self-control strategies in response to sample scenarios that students their age may face.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe self-control and how it can benefit mental and emotional health. 
  2. Identify nonviolent ways to manage anger and other troublesome feelings.
  3. Demonstrate self-control techniques.

SEL Connection

  • self-management

Time: 45 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • MEH-1: Express feelings in a healthy way.
  • MEH-5: Use self-control and impulse-control strategies to promote health.
  • MEH-9: Practice habits that promote mental and emotional well-being.
  • V-2: Manage emotional distress in nonviolent ways.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
  • Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Performance Indicator 7.5.3: Demonstrate a variety of behaviors to avoid or reduce health risks.
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