Paper Napkin Mental Health Challenge #1
Here is a very simple idea, that requires nothing but yourself, some time, a pen and a paper. Promoting mental health doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive! This idea came up in an effort to train people on cognitive behavioural strategies, as a way to make it more accessible to the large amount of people that do not have direct access to mental health specialists. Give it a try, and teach your child!
What? Identify and apply your strengths when solving a problem.
How? Trace your hand on a napkin or piece of paper. Write down five of your greatest strengths – one on each finger. If you’re helping your kids, you can ask them what their greatest strengths are and help your kids write them out. Optional Bonus: Write the strengths on your real hand!
Then what? Next time you face an adversity, pick a finger. Use your strength to begin resolving your problem.
The challenge! Do this yourself and then teach one other person. When you’re done, ask that person to do the same.
The science in a nutshell: The research is clear: identifying and applying character strengths increases life satisfaction, well-being, and even academic performance.
For full article please check http://blogs.psychcentral.com/stress-better/2017/01/paper-napkin-mental-health-1-strengths/