Self-care hand

When students learn to look after themselves, it builds their self-confidence and helps them focus more on the positive things in their life. There are some steps students can take to encourage the habit of self-care.

Year Level



5 minutes


  • In class activity
  • Online learning

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills

Learning Intention

Students realise that resilient individuals take good care of themselves and spend time developing the habit of self-care.

Key Outcomes

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

  • recognise the importance of looking after themselves
  • identify personal self care strategies.

Instructions 5 min

Using the article How to be awesome at self-care, lead students through 5 steps to better self-care:

  1. Take time for a vibe booster.
  2. Pump up the positive vibes.
  3. Log out to chill out.
  4. Take yourself on a date.
  5. Write it down.

Students trace their hand on a piece of paper and write on each finger outline specific strategies for the suggestion. For example:

  1. Take time for a vibe booster: Listen to music.
  2. Pump up the positive vibes: I’m good at reading.
  3. Log out to chill out: No social media before school.
  4. Take yourself on a date: Buy an ice cream and sit in the park.
  5. Write it down: Journal for 15 minutes.