As students of all ages navigate a challenging time along with their teachers and parents, self-care has become more important than ever before. In the midst of chaos, stress, and uncertainty, young people have found themselves feeling more anxious than normal and those feelings of depression and anxiety manifest in a variety of ways.
Self-care is one of the simplest ways to combat the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and writing about self-care can help students discover how they can implement it into their daily lives. Some children and young adults may even find that the act of writing itself is a form of self-care!
Teachers and parents who encourage their students to journal will find that self-care writing prompts can assist children as they collect their ideas about this important concept. These writing prompts are designed to help students better understand what forms of self-care would be best for them and also allow them to recognize the powerful role that self-care can play in their lives.
Use these self-care writing prompts in the classroom or home setting in order to help the children you care about discover the importance of taking care of themselves.
Self-Care Writing Prompts for Elementary Students
- What activity do you enjoy that makes you feel happy? How often do you participate in this activity?
- When you feel sad, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
- You have one free hour after school to do whatever you want to do. What do you choose? Why?
- What is something that you like to do but you do not have a lot of time for? How can you make more time for this activity?
- Being active is good for our health and well-being. How do you feel after playing outside with your friends or taking a walk with your family? Do you feel like you have enough time to be active?
- What do you do when you have had a bad day at school? Why?
- Think about a time that someone paid you a compliment. How did it make you feel? Write a compliment to yourself right now.
Self-Care Writing Prompts for Middle School Students
- When do you smile the most? Why do you think that is? How can you incorporate more smiling time into your day?
- Sometimes it can be difficult to find joy in the small things. Think about your day yesterday. What is one simple thing that brought you joy?
- It is important to have an attitude of gratitude. Write down three things you are thankful for in your life right now.
- Have you ever had a day where it seemed like everything went wrong? What did you do? How can you make yourself feel better after a bad day?
- I define self-care as…
- Do you make time for yourself each day? Why or why not? When you do make time for yourself, what do you choose to do?
- Do you feel stressed at home or at school? When do you feel the most stress in your life? What do you do to manage your stress?
Self-Care Writing Prompts for High School Students
- Self care is an important part of daily life, especially for young adults who have a lot of responsibilities. What do you do to take care of yourself?
- What is one thing that you need to work on in your personal life? How can you do this?
- If you could do whatever you wanted to do tomorrow, what would you do?
- Do you see the adults in your life practicing self care? How does this impact your own view of self care?
- If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? What would you do while you were there?
- Write about your favorite room in your house. How do you feel when you are in that room?
- Do you ever feel sad or anxious? When do you feel this way? How do you make yourself feel better?
Self-Care Writing Prompts for People of All Ages
- It can be difficult to find time for self-care. Consider your daily schedule, and write about when you could fit in some time just for you.
- If you had an hour to yourself, what would you choose to do?
- Write about three ways you take care of yourself on a regular basis. How do you feel after you enjoy some self-care?
- Write a journal entry convincing someone else to take some time for themselves. Now, read it back to yourself.
- You have the option to take a yoga class, read a new book, or spend the afternoon fishing. Which do you choose, and why?
- Write about a time when self-care helped you to overcome a challenge you were facing.
- What is one skill that you wish you had? How can you acquire that skill?
- What is your favorite hobby or pastime? How did you discover it?
- Where do you feel most at ease and comfortable? How much time do you spend in this location?
Related Links and Resources
- Journal Printables & Prompts for Self-Care
- Reflective Journaling Prompts
- Self-Care Journal Prompts For When Times Are Tough
For some, fitness is their preferred form of self-care, while others prefer a quiet activity, like a craft or reading. No matter what self-care looks like to you or the children that you love, it is important to write about this topic in order to better understand the impact and importance of self-care.
In addition to taking care of yourself, you should always encourage your students to keep on writing!
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