Join us each month for a new theme and activities to work with your students! This month's theme is #Self-CareSeptember
#SEL Day 2022: https://selday.org/
Join the movement to support social emotional learning
#Self-CareSeptember Quote of the Month:
"Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love."
- Brené Brown
Action for Happiness Calendar #Self-CareSeptember. Connect with others and spread kindness.
Week #1: Action Calendar
Self-Care the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health. There are many reasons that self-care is important. Research shows that self-care helps to keep you healthy, helps you recharge and helps to improve your overall well-being.
Week #2: Mindful Active Exercise
Activities like yoga, meditation, walks and outdoor games can all promote movement and physical well-being, while also focusing on mindfulness and reflection. Follow a YouTube video for yoga or meditation—or make up your own! Try out GoNoodle for free. Just log-on to https://app.gonoodle.com/login?source=GNlogin for a free educator or parent account. GoNoodle has free age/developmental yoga videos that are easy to follow. Also, you can try out Sanford Fit https://fit.sanfordhealth.org/ for free mindfulness activity cards.
Week #3: Journaling
Journaling is a very effective way to release stress and express emotions. The habit of journaling allows for mindful moments and self-reflection. Teach youth how to journal with short, thought-provoking prompts. Use loose-leaf paper and dedicate a folder to the journal entries or ask your students to bring a journal from home. Once they get into the habit of writing, use mindful prompts to encourage reflection. You can also put on music and journal alongside them to encourage them! Make sure they know that their journals are a private space for them to write about their feelings.
Here are some mindful journaling prompts to help get them started:
What’s an activity that makes you feel happy? How often do you get to do this activity?
Write about a time when you felt sad. What made you feel better?
What are your favorite things about yourself? Why?
What’s something you like to do but don’t have a lot of time for? How can you make time for it?
Think of a person, character, show, or movie that makes you laugh.
What about it makes you smile or laugh? How does it make you feel?
What are three things, big or small, that you’re thankful for in your life?
When you have a bad day, what are some things that make it better?
Week #4: Mindful Hands-On Craft Projects
Arts and crafts, especially painting, molding, or coloring, are great opportunities for relaxation, stress release, and expression through art. Put on relaxing music in the background and spend time creating art! Download and print free coloring pages for kids.
Week #5: Positive Affirmation List
Kids and young adults can use a positive affirmation list by reading the words to themselves or out loud, discussing how they might help, and identifying which phrases would work best. Help students create a positive affirmation list. This activity can be done as a whole class activity or students can create an individual list.
Here are a few positive affirmations to get you started:
There is no one better to be than myself.
I am enough.
I get better every single day.
I am an amazing person.
I can work through my problems.
Today I am a leader.
I forgive myself for my mistakes.
My challenges help me grow.
I am perfect just the way I am.
My mistakes help me learn and grow.
Today is going to be a great day.
I have courage and confidence.
I can control my own happiness.
I have people who love and respect me.
I stand up for what I believe in.
I believe in my goals and dreams.
It’s okay not to know everything.
Today I choose to think positive.
Action for Happiness Calendar
SEL Video of the Month
What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and how can I be part of this?
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.
Previous Monthly Themes
August 2022 - #AltruisticAugust
July 2022 - #JumpBackUpJuly
June 2022 - #JoyfulJune
May 2022 - #MeaningfulMay
April 2022 - #ActiveApril
March 2022 - #MindfulMarch
February 2022 - #FriendlyFebruary
January 2022 - #HappierJanuary
December 2021 - #DecemberKindness
November 2021 - #NewWaysNovember
October 2021 - #OptimisticOctober
September 2021 - Self-care September!