Unhealthy levels of stress seem to have become the norm today, for adults and young people alike. Whether a parent, teacher, youth worker, or pediatrician, we all want young people to have healthy ways to prevent and manage stress. One way to help is to incorporate self-care into daily life, just like brushing our teeth. The earlier we begin, the easier to maintain. Self-care is a great way to help young people develop resilience skills to last a lifetime.
Need ideas on where to start? From expert advice, to voices from young people, to a classroom activity, see below to support the young people in your life!
Also, watch what Gene has to say about helping middle schoolers with self-care.
As a companion resource to our middle and high school student self-care videos, this Classroom Toolkit aims to help teachers, counselors, youth workers, and other educators to use the videos, or still images, to support young people in a group activity.
Self-care can mean different things depending on a child’s age, family dynamics, and more. Gene and Ellen talk through it all in this episode.
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Ellen on Moms modeling self-care for their kids:
Steve on Dads modeling self-care for their kids:
Gene on introducing the idea of self-care to younger kids:
Ellen on things that get in the way of self-care:
Here at the Clay Center, we don’t just preach self-care, we practice it ourselves! For a little extra inspiration, each member of our team created a 40-second video to share what they do for self-care and why. Take a look.
Gene, our executive director
Deedee, our managing director
Ellen, our co-director
Steve, our co-director
Elisa, our visiting artist for civic media
Matt, our research assistant
Sara, our communications director
If you have other self-care ideas or content you’d like to see, we’d love to know about them. Write to us! Put “Self-Care” in the subject line.