Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive. This activity provides students with an opportunity to discuss different low-cost ways to chill out, and provides teachers with ways to create self-care opportunities for students at school.

Year level



5 minutes


In class activity

Online learning

SEL Competencies



Learning intention

Students develop simple and practical strategies for self-care.

Key outcomes

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

  • identify cheap and practical strategies for practising self-care

  • indicate self-care strategies that work for them as individuals.

Materials needed

  • Access to's infographic Ways to chill for cheap

  • 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, read through the infographic Ways to chill for cheap.

  1. Ask students to discuss with a partner the strategies from this infographic that they would use to manage stress, and to explain why they’ve chosen these strategies.

  2. Using the suggestions from the infographic and their own ideas, students develop one practical strategy to implement at school to help other students chill for cheap.

  3. Ask students to respond to these questions:

    • Explain what your strategy is, and describe its potential benefits for the school community.

    • Develop a plan of action for implementing this strategy at school. Consider where this could be done, the resources required, and ways you would promote this initiative to the school community.

  4. Ask students to share their ideas as a whole class and consider ways they might be able to build these strategies into the school day.

Self-care doesn’t need to be an expensive or time-consuming process. Thinking of simple and practical ways to build self-care into the school day can make a significant difference to the wellbeing of the whole school community.


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