My self-care plan for younger (primary school) children
This resource is a self-care plan and activity booklet designed for primary school children. It begins by explaining what self-care is and why it is important for mental health. The booklet then provides examples of self-care activities across four main categories:
The first activity is Music & Moving, which involves creating a playlist of songs to dance to that will lift your mood. The second is Mindful Moments, guiding children through mindful sensing exercises to calm the mind. The third is Get Arty, with simple drawing activities to engage the mind and hands. The fourth is The Power of Positivity, having children write down positive qualities about themselves.
There are also templates for children to fill out their own self-care plan and support circle. A list of 25 creative activity challenges is included for kids to try when they are feeling down or bored. The last page provides information on where children can access support if they need it.
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My self-care plan for older (secondary school & college) children/young people
This resource is a self-care planning guide designed for secondary school and college students. It starts by explaining what self-care is and why it’s important for mental health. The guide then provides examples of self-care activities across four main categories: physical, emotional, social, and practical.
Some physical self-care ideas include healthy eating, relaxation techniques, limiting technology time, exercise, and dance. For emotional self-care, suggestions include developing supportive friendships, practicing self-kindness, reflective writing, and talking to friends. Social self-care activities include online support groups, social media challenges with friends, making playlists together, and joining local youth groups. Practical self-care tips cover organization, maintaining personal hygiene, setting goals, making revision timetables, and learning new skills or languages.
Quotes are included from young people describing how these various self-care activities have helped their mental health. Templates are provided for students to create their own personalized self-care plan. Prompts encourage self-reflection on causes of stress and potential barriers to self-care. The last page lists mental health support services and crisis resources.
FREE DOWNLOAD OF MY SELF-CARE PLAN FOR OLDER (SECONDARY SCHOOL & COLLEGE) CHILDREN/YOUNG PEOPLE