Self-Care September Weekly Activity Guide
Week of Sept. 6-10 Self-Care Plan
Help students to create their own self-care plan. Created by Social Work Teach, this simple self-care plan allows students to identify their needs for mental, physical and spiritual self and name those who can help them achieve their goals.
Week of Sept. 13-17 Self-Compassionate Letters
(This activity is appropriate for high school students/adults) Help students to write self- compassionate letters to themselves. Stop beating yourself up for flaws and mistakes. Write a letter of compassion to yourself and focus on your positive attributes.
Week of Sept. 20-24 Monster Meditation
Engage in meditation using I-Sense, connecting your five senses to meditation. Practice Meditation with Cookie Monster and use your five senses to connect to the present.
Week of Sept. 27-30 Emotion Cards
Use the emotion cards to help students connect with their feelings. Randomly select an emotion card and ask students when would that emotion be appropriate and why? Another use of the cards can be used to have students act out the emotions on the cards, and have other students guess what the emotion is. (think Charades)
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
What is Social-Emotional Learning and why does it matter?
Per CASEL, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) reflects the critical role of positive relationships and emotional connections in the learning process and helps students develop a range of skills they need for school and life.
SEL skills include the ability to:
- set and achieve positive goals
- feel and show empathy for others
- establish and maintain positive relationships
- make responsible decisions
- understand and manage emotions
All of these skills are necessary—both for educators and students—to function well in the classroom, in the community, and in college and careers.