Wellbeing activities: being kind to yourself

Explore loneliness and anxiety through wellbeing activities that help children and young people be kind to themselves.  

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Kindness, Home learning resources

We know from research that the Covid-19 crisis has made loneliness worse. Some communities have been at greater risk of loneliness than others, including young people.   

These activities help learners to be kind to themselves and look after their own wellbeing in order to build resilience and coping mechanisms. Activities are linked to two new animated videos.  

Learning objectives 

Learners will:   

  • build resilience, empathy and kindness  
  • reflect on the importance of wellbeing  
  • learn some coping techniques to support with loneliness and anxiety  
  • develop self-awareness and empower themselves to help with their own wellbeing 
  • think about other people’s needs and experiences. 

Resource overview 

There are different activities for primary and secondary learners and two different document downloads – being kind to yourself and web of connections.  

1. Wellbeing and feelings: starter activity  

Encourage learners to think about wellbeing and what makes them happy, comfortable and healthy. They can record how they’re feeling during the day using different emojis for happy, sad, angry, tired etc. They will also learn some ways to cope through breathing techniques.  

2. Circles of control: video activity  

Use the video to help learners think about what they can and can’t control. It is important to remember that we cannot solve everything. The ‘I can’ activity helps learners think about all the things they can do.  

3. Web of connections: video activity  

Learners think about who they have a connection with and how engaging with them can help improve their wellbeing.  

4. Extension activities  

Reach out and think about other people by helping learners to recognise their feelings. Why is it important to understand other people?  

This resource was developed by the British Red Cross in July 2020.

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