Draw a picture of being lifted up by magical balloons to represent your sources of support.
What you’ll need: A piece of paper, coloured pens or pencils.
What’s it for?
This activity will help you to appreciate your sources of support, in different areas of your life. Identifying what supports you can give you the confidence to pursue your dreams.
Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.
How are you feeling?
What are you thinking?
How does your body feel?
You are going to draw balloons which represent different areas of support in your life.
Draw a big balloon and inside write a list of all the important supportive RELATIONSHIPS in your life. You could include the people who look after you, family members, friends, and other people that help you within your community.
Draw a big balloon and inside write about your EDUCATION. You could write about all the subjects that you enjoy at school - things like maths, art, sports, writing stories.
Draw a big balloon and inside write about your TALENTS AND INTERESTS. You could write about any special talents and interests you have, such as knowing a lot about dinosaurs, playing an instrument, a sport you’re especially good at, learning how to dance, or computers.
Draw a big balloon and write inside all the different things you do to support your HEALTH. These could be things like exercise, playing football, or choosing to eat healthy foods.
Draw a big balloon and write about what supports your SPIRITUAL side. Things to include here could be spending time in nature, mindfulness, meditation, or an organised religion - if you belong to one.
Draw a big balloon and write about what in your ENVIRONMENT supports you. You could include things like living close to the local park, or what makes you feel really supported at home like a comfy bed or sofa!
Draw a big balloon and write about what helps your RELAXATION and calmness. This could be something like spending time with a particular person, or doing a certain activity like reading, or baking.
Sometimes some of the things you list might appear in different balloons and that’s okay. For example, one of your talents and interests may be playing football, but this will also appear in your health, and possibly in your relaxation balloon.
When you’ve finished with your lists, colour in each of the balloons a different colour.
Draw a picture of yourself holding onto all of your balloons. Are there enough balloons there to make you fly?
Extra Activity: Think about whether there are any other areas of your life that you would like to draw another balloon for. If you find that for some of the balloons you don’t have much to write, think about what else you might do to add to that balloon and area of support.
When you’ve finished, spend a moment reflecting on the activity and ask yourself the following questions:
Did you learn anything new about yourself while you did this activity?
How did it feel to explore your sources of support?
Which balloon / area of support do you spend the most time doing?
Are there any areas of support that you can increase?
What does it feel like to look at all your support in a visual form?
This activity helps you to explore and identify your sources of support and helps you to balance out the different areas of your life to enable you to really ‘fly’ with your confidence.
Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?
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Created by Ian Grundy © December 2020
Creative Arts Used: Art
Psychological Areas Explored: Resilience, Emotional Wellbeing, Self-Exploration, Self-Esteem
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