Self Care Lesson (COPY)

Self-Care Lesson

LifeAct

How are you feeling today?

Happy
Happy
Content
Content
Okay
Okay
Sad
Sad
Angry
Angry
Lost
Lost

Goals for Today

  • Define Stress
    • What is it? How can we spot it and cope with it?
  • Define Anxiety
    • How do we know when intense feelings are more than just stress?
  • Create a Self-Care Plan
    • Activity: Self-Care Wheel

Tyler: Day One

  • Tyler is struggling with virtual learning, and he misses his teachers and classmates.
  • Tomorrow, he has a math test and he is worried it will be too hard and he will fail.
  • He knows he should get a good night sleep, but he has a stomach ache and can't quiet his thoughts.

Tyler: Day Two

Morning:

  • Gets little to no sleep, does not feel rested
  • Still has physical symptoms, and is convinced the test will go poorly
  • Before the test starts, has heightened emotions: convinced he will fail, negative self-talk

Afternoon:

  • Checks grades, passed with an 89%
  • But, still fixated on the negative
  • Physical symptoms of stress still present, trouble sleeping

Mya: Day One

  • Like Tyler, Mya doesn't like virtual learning and is having a hard time
  • Feels unprepared for test, and is worried
  • Can't focus, has a new headache

Mya: Day Two

Morning:

  • Mya wakes up and still has a headache.
  • Her heart is beating super-fast and her palms are sweaty as she logs onto class and starts taking the math test.

Afternoon:

  • Mya passed the test with an 80%!
  • She is happy the test is over and is proud of her score.
  • Mya no longer has a headache. That night she relaxes by watching her favorite movie. Later on, feeling good about her day, she quickly falls asleep. 

Stress or Anxiety?

  • Stress is caused by an existing stress-causing factor - "stressor"
  • Anxiety is stress that continues after the stressor is gone.

STRESS

  • Usually caused by something "outside" of a person
  • Natural response to a challenge and can be motivating
  • Physical responses usually mild
  • Usually ends after stressor ends

ANXIETY

  • Usually starts "inside" a person with racing thoughts or feelings of being out of control
  • Physical reactions can be overwhelming - dizziness, chest pain, panic attacks
  • Continues after stressor ends

Coping Skills

Actions That Relieve Stress and Build Self-Esteem

Coping Skills

  • Coping Skills are tools and techniques you can use to help you handle difficult emotions, decrease stress, and establish or maintain self-esteem

Self-Care Wheel

Sleep

Movement

Nutrition

Get Organized

Create

Quiet Time

Resources

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Go to www.LifeAct.org/for-students

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