Learning to look after yourself has been shown to build self-confidence and provide positive feelings. It’s not always easy to get into the habit of self-care, so this session will look at a few ideas to get students started.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

SEL Competencies



Learning intention

Students learn some simple self-care strategies that they can implement in their everyday routine.

Key outcomes

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

  • manage anxiety and stress in their life through self-care

  • develop a self-care strategy.

Materials needed

  • Student access to the ReachOut.com article 'How to be awesome at self-care'

  • Optional handout: 5 ways to be awesome at self-care (PDF/JPG)

  • A piece of paper and a pen for each student

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

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

  • 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)

Show details

Activity 1


5 minutes

As a group or individually, students read the ReachOut.com article 'How to be awesome at self-care'.

  1. Students make a list of pros and cons of each of the strategies identified in the article for their self-care.

  2. Individually, students choose two strategies that they think would be most valuable to implement in their own lives in the next week.

  3. Students write down the two strategies they will try to implement in the next week.

  4. Ask students to respond to these questions:

    • When will you implement these strategies?

    • What benefit are you hoping to achieve by implementing this strategy?

    • What may be a barrier to implementing this strategy? How can you remove this barrier?

Implementing a regular self-care strategy has been shown to be effective in creating a greater sense of connection to the outside world. It’s also helpful in managing the stress and anxiety students may experience in their everyday lives.


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