Empathy and Self-Care Strategies
Adults at school play a very critical role in the lives of youth. With increasing demands on educators and school staff, it is important that there are deliberate actions taken to care for themselves. Self-care is necessary, so that staff are prepared to be there in the moment for students.
Why is Empathy Important? Because it helps us understand how others are feeling so we can respond appropriately to the situation. It is seeing the world through another’s eyes.
Self-care is to engage in the activities that improves overall health including physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual components of an individual’s well-being.19
Activities and Resources to Promote Empathy and Self-Care
Self-care strategies that can be used in your group or classroom to help students develop their own strategies to make sure in times of most stress, they care for themselves.
Empathy and Resilience
Almost every book and movie below has threads of resilience and threads of empathy to tease out for deeper discussion. It is up to the supervising adult advisor to initiate these conversations with youth. You want to make sure that whenever their time is spent engaging with forms of media, there is a powerful “take home” message that they can apply to their attitudinal and behavioral choices.