10 well-being activities to get you feeling great

Banish the cold-weather blues with some feel-good fun

Zoe, Girlguiding Digital team
21 January 2019

Make winter a bit brighter

We asked our members for easy activities to get you all feeling healthy, happy and relaxed. Try these with your unit, or at home, and you’ll see January isn’t so bad after all.

Take a moment

1. Clear your mind

We take one minute at the beginning of the evening, finding a space, sitting on the floor, with eyes closed if the girls wish, to clear our minds and be ready for activities. - Susan

2. Practice square breathing

Focus on a square or rectangular object. Start top left - breathe in - as your eyes move to top right - exhale - on reaching top right - breathe in - and continue around - Di

3.  Interest badges to inspire calm

Girls who want to carry their calm home can try one of the interest badges from the Be Well theme including Healthy Mind (Rainbows), Mindfulness (Brownies), Meditation (Guides) and Self-care (Rangers).

Start feeling good

4. Get started with the Feel good skills builder

The Feel good skills builder is packed with activities to get you feeling really good, from mindfulness to getting active to eating well. Give the one of the six stages a go with your unit. Find out more

Harness the power of laughter

5. Get giggling with laughter yoga

Laughing yoga works every time 😂😍 - Lyn, volunteer (and fully trained laughter yoga teacher!)

6. Can you keep a straight face?

The key to winning Hello sausage! is to keep a straight face. Find out how to play.

7. Get hearts racing and faces smiling with the bean game

Leader Helen suggested the bean game. She says ‘this game always raises a few giggles at baked bean and raises the heart rate with runner bean and jumping bean’.

How to play

Shout out different types of bean and get girls to do the action for the relevant one. Any time you shout baked bean the last girl to do the action is out.

  • Runner bean: Run on the spot
  • Baked bean: Lie on the floor pretending to sunbathe.
  • Jumping bean: Jump up and down
  • Broad bean: Do star jumps

It’s nice to be nice

8. Bring on the compliments

'We put everyone's name in a hat three times, then each of us (girls and leaders) pulled out three names and wrote something nice about that person. We put all the nice things back in the hat then read them out so everyone had three compliments and also got to know each other a bit better 😊. I still have my three bits of paper and it still makes me smile when I read them.' – Sarah

9. Give each other a pat on the pack

Keep the good vibes coming by encouraging girls to focus on the best in themselves and others with our Pat on the back game. Find out how to play.

10. Share what you value

Alway looking for ways to compliment progress, effort, and just being nice by explaining what it is you value in a person. Watching young girls grow into young women and telling them how amazing they continue to be.- Jackalin