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Wellbeing sessions

Make wellbeing a part of your everyday and find time and space to take care of yourselves.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Sticky notes
  • Whiteboard pens
  • Flipchart paper
Five ways to wellbeing
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Wellbeing sessions 

  1. Everyone should decide how they’ll record their ideas. Do they want to shout them out for a few people to write on a big piece of paper, or do they all want to write on sticky notes and then put their ideas together?
  2. Everyone should think of activities that can boost wellbeing and record them however they agreed in step one.
  1. Everyone should figure out which of the five ways to wellbeing each activity fits into. It’s how they show this – they may want to use separate pieces of paper, a colour code, a table, or spider diagrams.
  1. Everyone should vote on their favourite activities for each of the five ways to wellbeing. They could have a show of hands, vote on a secret ballot, pop beanbags into buckets, or move to different areas of the room – whichever works best.
  1. Everyone should plan how their favourite ideas could fit into their programme. They could use a calendar or planner, or draw their own on a big sheet of paper. It works well to put the ideas on sticky notes so they can move around easily. They should also think about the practicalities – do any activities need expert visitors? What about cost?
  1. The people who plan the sessions should find space to fit people’s ideas into the programme. Depending on how they plan, they may want to agree when to do this activity again or review everyone’s ideas.

This activity helps contribute towards some of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more about the SDGs, and how Scouts across the world are getting involved, here.

Reflection

This activity helped everyone to plan to take care of their mind (and body). Why’s it important that people make an effort to take care of their mind? It may sound obvious, but it can be easy for people to forget to make time for activities that help them feel good. Do people find it easy to make time to take care of their wellbeing? How could they help each other to find time and space?

This activity was also about improving wellbeing. How do people feel knowing that positive activities are planned for the future? Hopefully they feel optimistic and excited – if anyone’s feel nervous about an activity, how can everyone support them? It can be helpful to label activities as ‘wellbeing activities’ as it helps people focus on the benefits. Can anyone think of any other activities they do that boost their wellbeing? Can anyone think of ways to improve their wellbeing outside of meetings?

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.