Intro to journal reflection activity –
Experiences + Reflection = Insight
Share with students the bulleted points from this article “Journal Writing: 5 Smart Reasons Why YOU Should Start doing it TODAY.” Make sure students understand this is one tool, not THE solution. It is important that students have an opportunity to be informed about research detailing the positive effects of journaling!
(Students can read the whole article if interested)
Journaling helps you …
- Better connect to your values, emotions and goals
- Improve mental clarity/help solve problems/improve overall focus
- Improve insight and understanding
- Track overall personal development
- Facilitate personal growth
There is one simple rule when it comes to journaling: You only get out what you put in. It is different for everyone and no need to compare to how others may do it. In the end, this is a tool that may help you be at your best. Definitely worth a try!
Give students 10 minutes to complete the journal exercise:
Think of a recent experience (good or bad) and journal about it. Include the following:
- What happened
- How did you feel then
- How do you feel now
- And whatever else comes to mind as you think about this experience
As a student, it is rare that you think about how you are taking care of yourself on a daily basis. It might be a lack of sleep, maybe it’s the food choices you are making, or it might be the negative thoughts that keep repeating in your head. No matter what, it all comes down to your ability to take care of yourself. Just taking care of a few basic needs on a day to day basis gives you an enormous advantage to being your best version of yourself.
Have students view the attached video on self care.
Let’s take a look at 4 basic, but critical needs:
- Mental Wellness
Journal Exercise: Give students 10 minutes to complete the next activity.
Take a moment and journal about these 4 basic, but critical needs. Think about which area you are lacking. What are the small things you can do each day/week/month to proactively make moves to your own journey to self care. Use the following prompts to aid your thinking:
- What are my sleep habits?
- Am I reacting to things in life and hoping things go well or do I feel like I am being proactive on most issues in my life?
- Am I active beyond PE class?
- What are your eating habits? (cook? Fast food? Lack of? Too much?)
- Do you make time for things that YOU want to do?
- What is one or two things you really wish you could improve?
It is good to think about WHAT you could do…but identifying HOW you are going to do them gets you closer to action….