IT MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE TO REMOVE THE STRESS FROM YOUR LIFE, HOWEVER MANAGING YOUR STRESS WILL HELP YOU TO GET THINGS DONE. THIS ACTIVITY IS ONE ACTIVITY STUDENTS CAN DO TO MANAGE THEIR STRESS.
EXPLAIN TO STUDENTS THAT EVERYBODY DEALS WITH STRESS. IT IS HOW YOU MANAGE YOUR STRESS THAT COUNTS. EXPLAIN TO STUDENTS THAT THERE ARE MANY TECHNIQUES PEOPLE USE TO MANAGE THEIR STRESS AND TODAY YOU WILL BE PRACTICING A STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE.
ASK STUDENTS TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND ATTEMPT TO FORGET ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE STRESSED ABOUT AT THE MOMENT. EXPLAIN TO STUDENTS THAT THEY WILL BE GOING TO FOR A SHORT FIVE MINUTE WALK AROUND THE BUILDING OR PLAYGROUND AND DURING THE WALK THEY NEED TO TRY TO THINK OF POSITIVE THINGS THAT THEY ARE EXCITED ABOUT. TAKE STUDENTS FOR A FIVE MINUTE WALK AROUND THE BUILDING OR PLAYGROUND.
DEBRIEF: WHEN STUDENTS ARE BACK IN THE CLASSROOM AND SEATED HAVE A CLASS DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW THIS TECHNIQUE MIGHT HELP SOMEONE MANAGE THEIR STRESS. EXPLAIN TO STUDENTS THAT BOOSTING THE OXYGEN LEVELS IN THE BODY AND CHANGING LOCATION CAN INCREASE ENERGY AND MOOD AND RELIEVE STRESS.
ACTIVITIES FOR PASTORAL CARE & WELLBEING CLASSES
All activities have been adapted by Unleashing Personal Potential from www.improvencyclopedia.org, www.reachout.com, www.playmeo.com, www.tom.edu.au, and through years of practice in education. Thanks to the many educators who have contributed to this list of tried and tested activities.
For more activities like this (and much more), check out THRIVE Online Lesson Modules for Pastoral Care and Wellbeing.