Use art and words to explore what helps your body and mind feel strong and healthy.
What you’ll need: Paper, coloured pens or pencils. It would be nice to do it with a partner, but you could also do it on your own.
What’s it for?
This activity will allow you to think about what well-being means and why it is important to take care of our well-being daily. It will also help you understand how feeling good, both in body and mind, helps us cope with problems, enjoy life and be kinder to ourselves.
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 create a chart that will help you think about the meaning behind ‘well-being’. Well-being is often described as feeling strong and healthy in our bodies and minds.
If you have good well-being, this could mean:
- Having high levels of energy
- Knowing what your strengths are
- Enjoying life
- Knowing how to cope with problems and disappointments
- Getting on well with others
Take a moment to think about a time when you felt any of these signs.
There are things we can do to help our body and minds feel better and here are some examples for you:
- Feeling proud of yourself when you know you have done your best
- Helping others
- Staying in contact with your friends
- Accepting yourself just the way you are
- Being grateful for what you have
- Staying physically active
- Practising your favourite hobbies or learning a new skill
- Having fun and being creative!
- Spending some time each day to relax
- Having a good night sleep
- Eating regular and healthy meals
- Expressing your feelings safely
Now it’s time to get creative! Take a sheet o paper and create your own Well-being Pie using different colours and art techniques. Draw a big well-being circle and all the things that help your body and mind feel strong and healthy. You may want to draw pictures, write some words or a combination of art and writing.
When you finish creating your Well-being Pie, think about where you would like to place it. You may want to hang it somewhere you can see it well to remind you to take care of your body and mind daily. This could be above your bed, desk or, perhaps best of all, on to a mirror you use regularly.
Extra Activity: If you created your chart with another person, you could take turns sharing it with each other or show it to the people in your household. If they are not in your household, you could send them a picture of it, or show them online. See how they react.
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?
Was it easy or hard to think of things that make your body and mind feel strong and healthy?
Why do you think it is important to take care of your well-being every day?
How do you feel about yourself after creating your own wellness chart?
If you worked with another person, did you discover any similarities that you share?
Where did you choose to place your Well-being Pie?
If you showed your chart to your family, how did they react? How did it make you and them feel?
This activity allows you to think about the importance of taking care of your well-being and explore different ways to keep your body and mind healthy and strong.
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 Karolina Koman © June 2020
Creative Arts Used: Art
Psychological Areas Explored: Emotional Wellbeing, Resilience, Self-Exploration
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