Mental health in young adults is one of the most pressing issues in the world today. Many people and organizations are trying to work toward a solution, and we believe that the solution isn’t fixed in one specific area. We pledge to do our part by helping children develop the right mindset, habits, and structure for them to be both successful and happy, and to equip schools with the tools and resources to help students manage the daily stresses of life to lead truly successful lives.
Schools nowadays are hyper-focused on how to prepare children for success. We believe that in order to raise truly successful children, we need to teach them how to manage the stress and shifting priorities that come with this success, how to design their days to support their dreams. Where their lives begin is also where our mission begins. This may not be the solution to everything, but we couldn’t think of a better place to start — and we won’t stop until every school prioritizes both success and happiness in students.
The EQ Journal, a condensed version of The Equilibrium Journal, focuses on helping students optimize their time and manage shifting priorities while simultaneously reinforcing the importance of health, happiness, gratitude and mindfulness through daily habits. We ask schools to join us on this movement to promote wellness and balance by replacing the traditional planner with the EQ Journal.
We pledge to work alongside schools and our education system to build the proper conditions that reinforce wellness in schools, beginning with how we evaluate the success of our schools and children.
The EQ Journal is designed to help the modern student build a healthy approach to managing their constantly shifting academic, professional, and life priorities.
Nowadays, students are told that they need to be well-rounded and excel at everything in order to get into a good college, get a good job, and live a good life. They have to manage this impossible sense of perfectionism on top of the various everyday roles they play, like being a good child, sibling, partner, worker, friend, classmate, etc. This often leads to high levels of stress and conflict, both of which are detrimental to their mental health. This journal is created for the modern student looking for a healthy approach to managing their constantly shifting priorities.
Our education systems measure a school’s success by their students’ academic performance. This mentality is then transferred to the schools and therefore to their students. In order to make rankings, schools must consistently reinforce academic performance above everything else, and in doing so, students start to believe that their success in life is determined by their academic performance.
The fact is that wellness is a critical metric in both the workforce and a country’s overall success, and school systems should start adopting these metrics as well. If schools truly want to prepare students for success, then they need to start measuring for wellness and equip students with the tools to manage success through a more balanced approach.