The impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) can leave students feeling overwhelmed, stressed and anxious. It's important to reassure them that this is still a very normal response. If your students find themselves spending time at home due to the ongoing pandemic, use this lesson to support them in finding and applying self-care strategies they can do by themselves. Teaching them about self-care will help them feel a little better and give them a sense of control.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

Online learning

Take away activity

SEL Competencies



Learning intention

Students will learn about things they can do at home to take care of themselves during times of uncertainty.

Key outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify self-care strategies they can follow at home

  • explore new things they would like to try for their wellbeing.

Materials needed

  • Access to article '10 ways to take care of yourself during coronavirus'

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Plan and implement strategies, using health resources, to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, relationships and wellbeing (AC9HP8P10)

  • Plan, rehearse and evaluate strategies for managing situations where their own or others’ health, safety or wellbeing may be at risk (AC9HP10P08)

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Self-awareness

    • Self-management

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • Examines and evaluates strategies to manage current and future challenges (PD4-1)

  • Demonstrates self-management skills to effectively manage complex situations (PD4-9)

  • Assesses their own and others’ capacity to reflect on and respond positively to challenges (PD5-1)

  • Assesses and applies self-management skills to effectively manage complex situations (PD5-9)

Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Investigate and select strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP126)

  • Evaluate situations and propose appropriate emotional responses and then reflect on possible outcomes of different responses to health and wellbeing (VCHPEP147)

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Activity 1


5 minutes

Explain to students that while it can be tough not being able to see friends or leave home, there are lots of things they can do to look after themselves. Practising these self-care tips will help students feel a little better and give them a sense of control.

  1. Provide access to the article '10 ways to take care of yourself during coronavirus'.

  2. Encourage students to explore the provided links for the tips they are interested in.

  3. Ask students to share two of the tips they think they would enjoy. These could be shared through an online learning platform, with a partner, or as a class group.

  4. Beside each tip, tally how many students would use each one to create a ‘top 5’ for the class.


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