Build a mood-boosting wellbeing box full of positive messages, self-care goodies, favourite items, and interesting objects. Get creative!
You will need
- Coloured pens or pencils
- A4 paper
- Glue sticks
- Craft materials (for example, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, stickers)
- Cardboard box (why not use a shoebox?)
- Items to fill the wellbeing box
Plan the boxes
- Everyone should think about messages that make them feel good. Do people have any favourite quotes or song lyrics? What would they say to a friend who’s having a bad day? This is a great opportunity to chat about mental health – we’ve included some hints in ‘Make it accessible’.
- Someone should make a note of the messages people suggested – they’ll be useful for later.
- Everyone should think about objects that make them feel happy or relaxed. They should choose things that are small enough to fit in a shoebox. The things could link to the ideas from the ‘Five ways to wellbeing’ below, remind people of a favourite memory, help them do a relaxing activity, or just make them giggle. For example, a favourite book, a small cuddly toy, colouring pencils and paper, a funny photo of friends or a pet, fidget toys, a list of favourite films, stress balls, nice-smelling products, or nail varnish. These are just some ideas – there are plenty more great choices.
- Everyone should plan how they’ll get hold of these items to make a wellbeing box. Perhaps they could bring some from home – the person leading the game may also be able to provide some items. Make sure people know whether they’ll be taking their boxes home again – if they won’t take them home the same day, it’s probably best not to bring their favourite teddy or the fidget toys they use every day.
Courtesy of Scouts UK.