Self Care and Support at Home Meeting

I don’t know about you but I’ve found the last week and a half pretty stressful. I figured my Pathfinders and Rangers probably have too. This weeks My Might Minds at home meeting is intended to address that. This covers the Pathfinder and Ranger Stations of Support activity plus a couple of unit’s own. Guides have a very similar activity but they should likely make something like Stress Balls instead of Mental Health First Aid kit and the Saskatewan self care challenge is really intended for older members.

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My social anxiety’s reaction to events being canceled vs. my anxiety’s by Assigned Male Comics

Activities

The main meeting pack contains four activities two about self care and two about supporting others.  Pathfinders and Rangers are encouraged to share their thoughts and/or results with the unit.

Self Care and Support

Now that you’ve tried out a few types of self care, develope a regular practice of it by following the instructions in the

Saskatewan Self Care Challenge

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Self Care Challenge

Saskatchewan has just released this new self care challenge.  It is apparently targeted at Rangers and Adults but has some great ideas for younger girls as well.  I definitely think the topic is appropriate to Guides and Pathfinders and could be adapted for the youngest branches.  The challenge is primarily focused around starting a regular practice of self care and would take a month or two of work outside the unit to complete.

Self Care Challenge

Healthy Living Camp

Theme:  This camp is based on the Colour Me Healthy Challenge and took place at a camp that provided many adventurous activities including horseback riding, archery, wall climbing etc.  The Guiders only needed to provide programming for Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday morning.

Guide Program Work:  This camp was designed to allow girls to work on their My Physical Self theme and also touches on the My Mighty Mind theme.

Patrols: You could name your patrols after different healthy foods (apples, carrots etc.) or different activities (swimming, hiking etc.)

Activities

Crafts

  1. water bottle counter
  2. peas in a pod hat craft
  3. Horse Finger Puppet

Games

Campfire

Collective Campfire with lots of action songs

Guides Own

Caring and Sharing

I am Unique

Freedom to Be

I am a unique person.
I must experience the world and express the person I am.
You are a unique person too.
You must experience and express yourself differently.
The experiencing and expressing of our total beings
Will find fulfillment in our appreciation of the differences and our mutual love
– Everet L. Shostrom

Go Well, and Safely
Say Why

World Record Egg

This ad campaign might be a fun way to open up a discussion about social media pressure.  The plain brown egg appeared on Instagram and managed to snag the record for the most liked image.  The promoted link to https://www.talkingegg.info/ is just a list of organizations you can reach out to if you need help.  In Canada they recommend: Canadian Mental Health AssocCrisis Text LineCAMHTel-Jeunes orKids Help Phone

Mental Health First Aid Kits

Many of us have built basic first aid kits with our Guides but when I was at Connect 2018, one of the trainers had us build mini first aid kits for mental health.  I thought it was a clever idea and might be a great jumping off point for talking to the girls about things that make us feel better when our day is going down hill.  The kits can be assembled out of inexpensive items found at a dollar or discount store or for older girls, it might be appropriate to provide them with a list and ask them to make their own kit over the week and share what they choose the following meeting.  If you are providing items for the girls to assemble their own kits, I’d recommend providing some variation within each category (ie different flavours of tea or different smelling bath salts) so the girls can select one that speaks to them.

The idea is to provide things to stimulate the senses and give the user a chance to calm down and find their equilibrium.

Sight: photos, postcards, a smily sticker, a short story,  a list of reasons you will be ok, something shiny etc.

Smell: something that has a smell you find soothing such as candles, bath salts, moisturizer etc.

Touch: fuzzy socks, stress ball, worry stone, craft kit, adult colouring supplies, fidget toy, heat or cold pack etc.

Taste: chocolate, gum, tea, lip balm, candy etc.

Sound: Favourite song, poem, something that makes a pleasing sound, ear plugs etc.

Spirit: Favourite quote, note from someone who loves you, jokes or memes, a reminder to love yourself etc.

You may also want to include things like this self care checklist from Tumblr.

You can put it all in a plain ziplock bag, or decorate it to add to the effect.

It is worth noting that those with diagnosed mental illnesses may also want to include emergency medication or objects or papers that help their particular condition.