This activity is part of the Health and Wellbeing Initiative; more information about future challenges is coming soon!
During this activity, you will learn about their health and well-being while having fun. Through a simple and enjoyable game that incorporates breathing exercises, participants can develop mindfulness, stress-relief techniques, and self-awareness.
Develop These Key Competencies
- Critical thinking
- Open space (indoor or outdoor)
- Cones or markers (optional)
This activity will be better done with a group of friends.
Start with a brief breathing warm-up. You need to stand or sit comfortably in a circle, everyone should take a few deep and slow breaths together. All of you should focus on your breath, feeling the air entering and leaving your bodies.
Next, you need to set up "Breathing Stations" around the open space. These stations can be marked with cones or simply designated areas. Each station will focus on a specific breathing exercise.
Station 1: Balloon Breaths - Inhale deeply, imagining your belly is a balloon filling up with air. Exhale slowly, releasing the air from the balloon.
Station 2: Flower Breaths - Inhale deeply, pretending you're smelling a beautiful flower. Exhale slowly, as if you're blowing gently on a dandelion.
Station 3: Bubble Breaths - Take a deep breath in, imagining you're blowing bubbles. Exhale slowly and steadily, pretending to blow the biggest bubble possible.
Now, you need to divide into small groups, with each group starting at a different breathing station. You will have 4-5 minutes to complete and learn each of the breathing exercises.
- Once you complete the activity, everyone should gather together and discuss whether anyone noticed any changes in how they felt physically or emotionally. Discuss the importance of deep breathing for reducing stress, increasing focus, and promoting overall well-being. Encourage them to incorporate these breathing techniques into their daily lives whenever they need a moment of relaxation or calmness.
- Finally, in order to end the activity on a positive note, ask everyone to share one thing they are grateful for after participating in the activity. Emphasize the connection between gratitude and well-being.
Get ready for the activity
This fun and easy activity not only allows participants to learn about their health but also empowers them with valuable mindfulness and breathing techniques that can contribute to their overall happiness and emotional well-being