5.1 Me To We Activities

Crumple Away Your Cares, Monday

Teaching Note: Increasing our understanding of stress and which triggers lead to an emotional episode can have a direct link to how we constructively manage them.

Core Competencies: 
Self-Awareness
Self-Management

Materials:
Pause and Breathe Poster Purchase here

Time: 
5 minutes

SELF-MANAGEMENT

An activity helping students identify and manage the challenges in their daily lives.

SELF-MANAGEMENT

In the same way that lifting weights increases physical strength, working out your brain increases mental strength. By developing a regular mindfulness practice, it activates and strengthens the “rest and digest” part of your nervous system, helping with stress management.

SELF-MANAGEMENT

Make sure each student has something to write on. Five minutes before dismissing the class, ask the students to think about the things in their lives that are currently stressing them out. Have them write a word or phrase describing these things on a scrap piece of paper or post-it note. Once the students are done writing, take five mindful breaths as a group. As they leave the room, instruct participants to rip, crumple, tear up and trash their papers (and their stress) and to think of one positive emotion to counteract the anxiety they feel.

DIVE DEEPER:

Stop each student at the door and have him or her set an intention to help deal with their stress as they transition to their next activity.

More Activities From This Unit

5.1 – CRUMPLE AWAY YOUR CARES, MONDAY

rethink: daily stress

5.2 – TAKE FIVE, TUESDAY

rethink: being in the moment

5.3 – ACTIVITY: GRATITUDE WEDNESDAYS

rethink: gratitude

5.4 – COMPASSION THURSDAY

rethink: compassion

5.5 – WHAT WORKED FOR YOU, FRIDAY

rethink: peer connections

5.6 – DROP IN, CHILL OUT, ANY DAY


rethink: relaxation