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Self-Care for Resilience – Resources

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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!

Ideas From Middle School Students

Also, watch what Gene has to say about helping middle schoolers with self-care.

Ideas From High School Students

Also, watch what Gene has to say about encouraging self-care in high schoolers, and what Steve has to say about helping teens with too many activities de-stress.

Ideas from College Students

Self-Care Classroom Activity Toolkit

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 Tips for Parents and Teens

Podcast Episode on Self-Care:

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.

Search for ‘Shrinking It Down’ wherever you get your podcasts.

Advice From Our Docs

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:

Clay Center Team 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.