Self-care strategies are a great way to help young people look after themselves, especially during times of change or challenge. While it’s not always easy to get into the habit of self-care, developing a routine can make a big difference to a young person’s wellbeing and help them be more resilient during tough times.

In this video clip, young people share how they have used self-care strategies such as taking photos, talking to others, spending time in nature or reading a book as part of caring for themselves.

Year Level



15 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management

Learning Intention

Students are able to identify and apply selfcare strategies to support their wellbeing.

Key Outcomes

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

  • identify self-care strategies they are currently using in their life
  • examine other self-care strategies that would be useful in their life
  • identify digital tools and apps they could use to support self-care.

Self-care strategies 10 min

As a class group, watch the video clip ‘Self-care’.

  1. Ask the students to trace their hand on a piece of paper and write up to five self-care strategies they are currently using in their life (one strategy for each finger). For ideas, check out:
  2. Ask the students to walk around the room and share their strategies with their classmates.
  3. Students are then to write on a second drawn hand outline, five new self-care strategies they feel they could use. Students can use examples from the video clip, or other students.
  4.  As a class group, discuss the following question:
    How do we decide which self-care strategy is appropriate for us?