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Self care and relaxation

Self-care and relaxation can positively impact our mental health and wellbeing. This is particularly true for young people juggling school work, socialising, extra curricular activities, and other obligations. These resources will explore how to practice self-care and the importance of it.

Learning intentions

  • Understand the importance of self-care and relaxation
  • Identify ways to incorporate self-care and relaxation into a daily routine.
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Junior and Senior cycle

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30 mins

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My mental health
Defining mental health

Samantha's story


In this video, Samantha, a Jigsaw Youth Advocate shares how she likes to incorporate relaxation into her daily routine.
Watch this video in class and ask students to discuss Samantha's story, write down reflections or answer questions from the discussion prompts below.

Classroom discussion

Using Samantha’s story as a starting point, brainstorm with students the different ways that they can incorporate self care and relaxation into their daily routines.

  • What are some of the things you’re already doing to help yourself relax?
  • How often do you get to do this activity?
  • Can you think of some new activities you could try out to relax?
  • How do you feel after doing something that you find relaxing?
  • Do you prefer to relax on your own, or with other people?
  • Can you think of one activity you could do every day, for 10 minutes as a way to relax?

Heather's story

a video still from Heather's story

In this video, Heather a YA for Jigsaw and Leaving Cert student, describes what she does for her own self-care when taking a break from social media.
Watch this video in class and ask students to discuss Heather's self-care strategy or answer questions from the discussion prompts below.

Group discussion

After watching Heather's story discuss the following:

Is it healthy to take a break from social media?

What happens when you take a break from social media?

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