Emotional agility training held at UNESCO Middle School in Meksseh, Lebanon, July 11, 2019. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Sahar Hamzeh, a 39-year-old Syrian refugee and mother, moved to Lebanon with her five children eight years ago after the outbreak of the Syrian civil war.Hamzeh is not the only Syrian refugee and mother who feels alone with her worries.The women who attended the workshop were mothers of children in two new UNESCO schools opened in January.The idea is that mothers who receive psychosocial support and equipped with the tools to cope with stress and other pressures will have better emotional tools to engage with their children.Hadchiti, who has previously worked with refugees before using positive psychology intervention techniques, explained to the women coping techniques such as taking time to walk in nature and talking to a confidante.For example, Hadchiti said that throughout the three-day training, some women were able to look at the challenges of paying bills as a reflection of their managerial strength, which shifted their perspective on how to look at the ability to pay the bills in the future.
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