Emotional awareness and self-regulation

Resilient people are able to identify their emotional experiences and control their emotional responses to external events. They are comfortable with their feelings and express a broad array of emotions – happiness, joy, fear, sadness. Resilient people don’t get ‘stuck’ in an emotion. Although they might feel sad or scared, these feelings don’t prevent them from coping with the situation and moving forward.

Year Level



60 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Responsible decision-making

Learning Intention

  • Students can recognise that resilient people do show their emotions. It's a normal part of life to feel sad or scared or anxious when going through a tough time.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain that being resilient isn't about keeping things inside; it's about expressing how you feel and moving forward
  • understand that expressing your own emotions is a key ingredient of resilience
  • reflect on how they feel in different situations.


Toss the ball 10 min

  1. Students to stand in a circle.
  2. Ask them to think about emotions. What are the things that come to mind when thinking about emotions?
  3. One student starts with the ball and throws it to another student, sharing what their thought has been.
  4. Continue until all students have received the ball and shared a thought.
  5. For an added challenge, introduce more than one ball.