Focus on what makes you the person you are and using the shape of a balloon to contain your character traits think about the balloons flying up into the sky with positivity and hope!
What you’ll need: Paper, pens and balloons (only if available)
What’s it for?
This activity focuses on thinking about your positive traits and sharing these with others. Being aware of our characteristics and feeling comfortable about ourselves, builds confidence and self-esteem and boosts our emotional wellbeing.
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?
Using a piece of paper draw the outline of a balloon shape leaving some space at the bottom of the page
In this shape write down something that inspires you and makes you feel positive
Now draw another balloon shape and add something else that you can relate to that makes you feel motivated
Decide how many balloons you want to draw and continue as above until you have finished all of your brilliant balloons
If you want to add colour or any special designs to your balloons do that now
Draw a line between the balloons to connect them together and write your name underneath them in capital letters or bubble writing if you prefer
Reflect on the things that make you feel positive as you hold onto the piece of paper
Imagine the balloons drifting up into the sky once you let go of them!
Feel confident in sharing your positive traits with those around you as they float away
Imagine the balloon bursting and how you would manage this?
Positivity can only be sustained with the recognition of overcoming difficulties
Use positive words to begin blowing up a new balloon as a way of rebuilding yourself
Remember what you wrote on your brilliant balloons and at times that are challenging revisit your creative activity
How about hanging up your brilliant balloons in a place that you access regularly to remind yourself of your potential to be the best person you can be
Extra Activity: If you have access to your own balloons, try this activity and write your words on the balloons or put a facial expression on the balloon using a marker pen!
When you’ve finished, spend a moment reflecting on the activity and ask yourself the following questions:
How important do you think it is to be aware of our unique qualities?
How did you find the process of coming up with your own positive characteristics?
How did it feel to share your qualities as your balloon floated into the sky?
Do you think that reviewing the positive parts of yourself can help you when things feel more difficult?
How about trying to repeat this activity with another person and highlight each others’ special qualities?
This activity thinks about reviewing our positive traits and how these can boost our sense of understanding ourselves. In times of challenge reaching towards what we can achieve then enables us to improve our mood and to enhance our relationships with others even when it feels difficult to imagine.
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 Sarah Kong © June 2020
Creative Arts Used: Art
Psychological Areas Explored: Resilience, Emotional Wellbeing and Self-Esteem
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