Thinking resilient: activities for wellbeing
Activities to help children and young people with their emotions during this time
Because of the changes we all need to make to protect against the spread of coronavirus, things can be a bit worrying or confusing – particularly for young people.
We’ve pulled out some handy activities from our Think Resilient peer education resource, which will help children and young people with their feelings during this time.
These activities explore resilience – they’re all about building skills and resources to deal with the challenges in life.
Download these activities and use them to talk to young people about how they can develop their resilience and wellbeing during tough times.
They're written for different age groups, from Brownies (age 7-10) and upwards. If you have children of Rainbow age (4-7) you might find they can be useful as well.
They were originally planned for groups in unit meetings, so they might need to be adapted a little bit if you’re doing them one to one or in an online group.
Positive thinking and problem solving
What can I control? Recommended for age 7+
Look at what we can control, and what positive steps we can take, even when there are other things outside our control. You can do this as written in the book or using pens and paper. It’s written for a group, so you could do it as a family or one-to-one with your child.
Some specific examples to use in this activity could be:
- Cannot control: The fact I can’t see Grandma and Grandad.
- Can control: Video call them! Or give them a phone call – they’d love it!
- Cannot control: I’m worried that someone I know or love might get ill.
- Can control: We can’t stop this happening, but we can make sure we do our bit to protect everyone by washing our hands, staying inside when we’re ill and staying at home as much as possible for now.
- Cannot control: Everyone is worrying about coronavirus and I’m scared.
- Can control: We can talk to our parents about why they’re worried and how it’s making us feel.
Meditation and mindfulness are two examples of things we can use to comfort ourselves. It’s best to repeat these activities every day for 5-10 minutes so everyone gets used to using these techniques.
Identify support networks
Recognise strengths and achievements
These activities were developed in 2016 with YoungMinds , who also have some great resources for anxiety around coronavirus.
If you'd like to find out more about peer education at Girlguiding, take a look at how it works. You might want to invite a peer educator to your unit meeting once in-person meetings start up again.