Teacher’s role in Improving Student’s Psychological fitness

Shailesh Deshmukh

Assistant Professor - Department of Electrical Engineering Kalinga University, New Raipur

There is a many of misinterpretation and misapply regarding the concept of mental fitness. Even many professionals and competent think that it refers simply to severe mental disorders only. In reality, mental health is a wide concept and in some way or other concerns everyone in the society.

Good mental fitness is more than the absence of mental illness. It can be seen as a state of psychological health that allows one to prosper and fully happy life. Another common misunderstanding is that psychological health cannot be promoted and that mental disorders are incurable cannot be prevented. Furthermore, issues related to psychological health carry a strong stigma, while negative frame of mind is still common.

Mental health has been defined in many ways. We can take as the starting point the well-known definition of health by the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1948: ‘Health is a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’[1] Psychological health can also be seen as a process that comprises predisposing factors (e.g. childhood experiences), actual precipitating factors (e.g. social network) as well as various consequences and outcomes (e.g. health behavior). [2]

It has two sides:                                                                                             

  1. Positive psychological fitness can be visualized as a value in itself or as a capacity to recognize, understand and illuminate the surroundings, to adapt to them and to change them if necessary; to think and to communicate with each other;
  2. Negative psychological fitness is concerned with mental disorders, symptoms and problems.

Positive psychological fitness includes:

  • Well-being by positive sense
  • Including self-esteem, individual resources optimism and a sense of mastery.
  • The ability to develop and initiate.
  • Sustain mutually satisfying personal relationships.
  • The ability to overcome with resilience.
  • Controlling stress.

These will enhance the person’s ability to contribute to family and society. In other words building happiness for oneself and others. Teachers have a lot of responsibilities: Helping student’s overall progress. Taking leadership roles and creating safe class room surroundings. Nothing is as important in a teacher’s work as promoting the mental health of the students. Students who are mentally healthy and more motivated, self-aware and able to participate in a classroom activity. Students facing mental issues supported from teachers who are supportive and aware of the issues they are facing. Let’s learn how you as a teacher can be stimulate your student’s mental health or well-being.

Understanding the Mental Health (Psychodynamics)

One of the most important ways that teachers can promote student’s mental fitness is via psychodynamics. This concept refers to a continuous process of attempting to understand another person’s circumstances. As a teacher, you can dedicate some time each day thinking about what your students are thinking and feeling. Keep in mind that every individual is different, so you will have to know and understand your students and consider the ways they change over time in order to do an effective job to understand the mental state.

As you obtain mentalization, your students will gain the feeling of secure taking risks and asking questions, as well as reaching out when they are struggling with something. Further, you and your students will all benefit from the wonderful sense of closeness that can come from understanding each other views.

Clear cut Decisive Instruction

Teachers can also work to help their students somewhat more accurately with psychological health. It can help to teach students particular strategies for taking care of themselves, as well as how to handle stressful situations. For instance, they can teach their students to:

  • Do Yoga or Meditate as a way to overcome with stress.
  • Talk to trusted friends or adults when emotions or stressors overcome.
  • Learn about triggers for hard feelings, like sadness and anger.
  • Name the things they are good at as a way of encourage their self-esteem and confidence and their strengths are.
  • Understand that hard feelings and struggle are a natural part of life and not something to feel regretful.
  • Eat healthy, get adequate sleep and regular exercise as a way of reducing stress and managing with difficult times.

Conveyance with Parents

Relationship between teachers and parents are important and when it comes to promoting students’ psychological health, the significance of this partnership play a major role.

Conveyance with parents is also important as a way of helping parents improve their children’s self-dignity. Teachers must tell parents what they see as strong and special about their children; make sure to communicate with parents if they notice changes in the child’s mood or behavior. Having this partnership is essential to help students stay psychologically well.

Pre-indication Signs  

In a hypothetical world, students would be physically and mentally well all the time. However, in reality, it’s crucial for teachers to understand the pre-indication signs that mean when the child should look for outside support or more serious intervention. Be sure to talk to counselor or social worker if a student:

  • Speak aout self-injury.
  • Appeared angry or aggressive.
  • Extreme changes are noted in their energy level.
  • Academically poor performance.
  • Directly approaches you for help to find solutions about their emotional struggles.

“Tips for building good mental health and happiness”

  • Search for Help Early.
  • Exercise
  • Identify and Use Your Strength
  • Give and Care For Others
  • Embrace Spirituality
  • Build Relationship
  • Develop Gratitude
  • Create Flow


[1] WHO

[2] https://core.ac.uk/

[3] https://finnolux.com/


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Teacher’s role in Improving Student’s Psychological fitness

Swati Agrawal

Assistant Professor - Department of Civil Engineering Kalinga University, New Raipur

In a democracy, the Constitution is supreme which resolves to secure justice to all its citizens. The judiciary is thus, appropriately one of the most important agencies of any democratic government. It is an independent body protecting the rights of the citizens and guarding the constitution zealously.

The judiciary is in a very powerful position in any democracy and demands supreme confidence from the people. An individual, when harassed and threatened by the politics that engulf most governments, turn with great hope to the judiciary. With the growth of Public Interest Litigation (PIL), the role of judiciary has increased manifold. The courts are no longer confined to determining the interests of the litigants in a private dispute or those between a citizen and State.

It has transgressed its traditional role and has begun to perform even those functions which ought to have been discharged by the democratically elected representatives of the people and bureaucracy.

Every institution of the government is accountable to some agency or the other. Every government official and body is also fully answerable to the judiciary of the country. But when it comes to the judiciary itself, a different set of rules and standards are followed. The judiciary has become a judge in its own cause.

An important aspect of judicial accountability that is often forgotten is the question of protecting the judiciary from public criticism. One of the critical reasons for the low accountability of judges in India is the power of the courts to punish for its contempt.

Judges are now fixing school fees, deciding how much water should be released by upstream States to Delhi and what the height of the Narmada Dam should be. Having assumed the powers of what ought to be within the exclusive domain of elected and, therefore, accountable representatives, can the courts remain entirely above public censure and accountability? Is there no mechanism whereby one can provide proof of misconduct by a judge without being sent to jail for contempt?

The main purpose of the contempt power has been to enable the court to be able to enforce its orders and to punish for obstruction in administration in justice. But over the years this power has been considerably widened and freely used by the courts. Today, in countries like UK and USA the concept has been liberalized. But India still follows the old British-rule norms, which undoubtedly was not a free democracy.

This leads us to ask some important questions regarding the right of the public to freely criticize the judiciary. Is the judiciary so fragile that it needs to be shielded from public scrutiny? Or is public scrutiny required to increase judicial accountability?

Nuvita Kalra

Assistant Professor – Department of Law

Kalinga University

Email: nuvita.kalra@kalingauniversity.ac.in


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