Cleaning Up
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Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Duration : About 5 minutes Objective : To help participants clear their heads and give them a stress management tool that they can use in the future. Materials Needed :
  • Lots of scrap paper for each table
  • Pens and/or pencils
  • Small basket, placed in the middle of the table
  • Small prizes, if desired
Instructions : Explain to the participants that this activity is completely confidential: no one will see the results of the activity. Ask participants to take a stack of scrap paper. On each sheet, they are to write one thing that is on their mind (positive or negative). Once they have written down the item, they can scrunch up the piece of paper and toss it in the basket. If you like, you can give participants a small prize for each item that they get rid of. Explain that since stress is individual, some people will have many items and some will only have a few. That’s OK! However, encourage participants to write down at least one item. Discussion Questions :
  • How did the activity feel at the beginning? (Some people find the activity embarrassing or silly at the beginning.)
  • How did you feel by the end? (Some participants, particularly tactile learners, find this activity immensely stress-relieving.)
  • How could you use this technique to manage stress in your life? (Encourage participants to try this activity the next time are having a hard time concentrating, or if they feel overwhelmed.)
  • Are we ready to start learning?

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