Self-management is the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.
For students, self-management begins at the elementary level. The classroom setting is often the primary location for students to practice self-management techniques. Educators and counselors partner together at every level to provide best practices and encourage positive choices. Students who practice positive self-management techniques are more likely to find success throughout their education journey.
At home, parents can continue promoting age-appropriate self-management in students. Lead counselors recommend the resources below to learn more about self-management.
Self Management Includes:
- Managing one’s emotions
- Identifying & using self-management strategies
- Exhibiting self-discipline & self motivation
- Setting personal & collective goals
- Using planning & organizational skills
- Showing courage to take initiative
- Demonstrating personal and collective agency
Managing One's Emotions
Mental health experts suggest that stress management skills are more important than ever. Daily mindfulness teaches these skills and more.
Identifying and Using Stress-Management Strategies
Not all stress is the same. Understanding whether you’re experiencing physical, emotional, or social stressors is key to understanding how to cope.
Exhibiting Self-Discipline and Self-Motivation
Self-discipline helps kids delay gratification, resist unhealthy temptations, and tolerate the discomfort needed to reach their long-term goals.
Setting Personal and Collective Goals
Creating a mentality of success and accomplishment in children begins with simple goal setting.
Using Planning and Organizational Skills
Organization isn’t a superpower, it’s just a set of strategies and skills. Acquiring a consistent pattern of organization takes time, trial, error, and commitment.
Showing Courage to Take Initiative
Courage can fortify children to live and honor their deepest values. Below are ways to encourage children to take the initiative to be brave and courageous.