11 fun and engaging group activities for self care

Jamie Frew
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Impact of Stress on Physical & Mental Health

We all experience stress daily, which can significantly impact our physical and mental health.

Self-care is essential for living a happy and healthy life. In today's fast-paced world, we frequently feel stressed and overwhelmed. That is why self-care is essential for stress management and overall well-being. And the best part? You can make it even more enjoyable by doing it with your friends, family, or coworkers.

Before we get to the fun stuff, let's talk about how important it is to take care of yourself. Stress can mess with our bodies and minds, causing heart disease, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and more. It's no joke! 

A study found that a big chunk of us - 73% to be exact - feel like stress negatively impacts our mental health, while 77% say it's affecting us physically. And on top of all that, chronic stress can leave us exhausted, unfocused, and totally burned out. Not cool, right?

But what exactly is stress, and how does it cause so many problems? 

Stress is our body's natural response to any challenge or demand. It's a survival instinct!

People must contend with a wide variety of stressors, some of which are pretty difficult to avoid. An endless list of things can put us under pressure daily, from work obligations to family troubles to money worries.

That's where self-care comes in. Taking care of ourselves is essential to maintaining our well-being and managing stress. 

Self-care activities can be done alone or with a group. And let me tell you, there are some really fun and exciting self-care activities out there that you can try with your friends, family, or coworkers.

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Understanding Self-Care

Self-care is doing things that make us feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally. It includes working out, eating well, meditating, and being aware of the present moment. Self-care is very important to reduce stress, improve your health, and keep from getting burned out. And it isn't just something you do once; it's something you do every day for the rest of your life.

Importance of Self-Care for Groups

Self-care is essential for both individuals and groups, especially considering how much better we can support those around us if we take care of ourselves. Self-care in a group setting can foster a sense of community and shared responsibility for one another's well-being. It can also reduce stress, increase productivity, and improve group cohesion.

In the following sections, we'll explore 11 different group self-care activities you can try with your loved ones. Each activity is designed to help you relax, recharge, and find a little bit of peace and joy in the midst of your busy lives. Equipped with these tasks, you'll be well on your way to making group therapy effective and successful at guiding clients toward their desired outcomes.

11 fun and engaging group activities for self care

Gratitude journaling

Gratitude journaling is a simple but effective form of self-care.

In a journal, have each person write down three things they're grateful for daily. Share your entries with the group at the end of the week. This can help to foster a sense of gratitude and positivity, which benefits everyone's mental health.

Team-building exercise

The Self-Care Wheel is a team-building activity that helps identify various aspects of self-care and develop a plan for improvement. The activity entails making a wheel of self-care categories such as physical, emotional, and spiritual. 

Fill the wheel with your self-care activities and share them with the group. This can foster a shared responsibility for everyone's well-being and inspire people to try new self-care activities.

You can also try group fitness activities! Look up local fitness studios, or try a group class at your gym.

Enjoying a karaoke night together

Karaoke is a fun and playful way to unwind and socialize with others. You can rent a karaoke machine, go to a karaoke bar, or even sing along with YouTube videos to your favorite songs.

Exercising outdoors

Going for a group walk, hike, or bike ride is a great way to get some exercise but it can also improve your mood and reduce stress. You can also try tai chi or other group fitness classes in a park or natural setting.

Doing outdoor yoga with a friend or watching a video tutorial online is a great way to care for yourself and improve your physical health too! Yoga can help you feel better by making you less stressed, more flexible, and more balanced. Additionally, yoga has many benefits for promoting physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Having mindful conversation

Having meaningful conversations with others can help you connect with them and build deeper relationships. Set aside time for a group discussion on a specific topic or share stories about your personal experiences. Create a safe space where everyone feels comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings.

Group meditation

Meditation is an intense form of self-care that can help relieve stress and foster mindfulness. Each day, try meditating as a group for a few minutes. You can use an application such as Headspace or Insight Timer or choose a quiet place to sit and concentrate on your breath.

Cooking class

Group cooking is a fun and engaging method to engage in self-care and improve your diet. Pick a healthy dish and make it together, enjoying the benefits of healthy eating and creating something together.

Baking is another enjoyable and creative activity you and your friends can engage in! It's a fun way to connect over something sweet. You can make a recipe together or have a bake-off in which everyone brings baked goods to share.

Watch TV and movies together

Watching television and movies with others can be a fun and low-key way to spend time together. You can have movie nights, binge-watch a TV show, or watch and discuss a documentary.

Board game night

Board games are a fun and engaging idea for group therapy, allowing individuals to exercise self-care and strengthen group bonds. Choose games everyone enjoys, promote teamwork, communication, and problem-solving, and take turns hosting game nights.

Get pets

Getting a pet can provide numerous benefits, such as stress reduction, improved mood, and increased physical activity. If some group members want to get pets, you can assist them in researching and selecting the best pet for their lifestyle.

Book club

Starting a book club is an excellent way to practice self-care and stimulate your mind. Choose books that you like or books that inspire personal growth and self-care, and take time to discuss them as a group. Because books are universally enjoyed, this is a fantastic group therapy activity for adults, as well as children.

Take Home Message

Adding self-care activities into your regular routine is totally key to keeping your mind and body in tip-top shape. But you know what's even better than doing it solo? Doing it with a group! 

When surrounded by people similarly committed to self-care, it fosters an unparalleled sense of community, support, and well-being. Thus, we have compiled 11 of the most enjoyable and engaging group self-care activities you can try with your friends, family, or colleagues.

And remember, self-care is not something you perform only rarely. It is a lifelong practice that requires consistent attention and maintenance. Keep in mind that the benefits of these exercises are enhanced when they are incorporated into your usual routine. Get ready to reduce stress, improve your health, and bond with your people!

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