Planning valued activities
To make a change in mood, you don’t need to make big changes in behaviour. Big changes are often so difficult to do we give up before we’ve even started, or give up half-way through which then feels like we’ve failed.
Take a look at the article “How to make small changes that last”, which gives an overview of behaviour change research showing how small, daily changes in behaviour can lead to significant long term changes. This is also helpful to think about in relation to healthy habits for yourself and your teenager/young people you work with.
The next task shows how this can be achieved from a five minute activity. You can download a worksheet found at the bottom of the Step.
- Rate your mood on a 0 – 10 scale (0 = saddest, 10 = happiest)
- Do one small valued activity (see below for examples)
- Rate your mood again on the 0 – 10 scale (0 = saddest, 10 = happiest)
|Example valued activities|
|Put 1 thing away on the desk/table|
|Text a friend to see how they are|
|Make a cup of tea|
|Look up a restaurant to go to|
|Reserve a library book you want to borrow|
|Book an appointment you’ve been meaning to make|
|Check what’s on at your favourite theatre/cinema/live music venue|
|Put the dishes away|
|Fill up the bird feeder|
|Clear out your wallet/purse and get rid of receipts/tickets you no longer need|
|Book an exercise class you want to try|
|Make plans to visit the local museum|
What examples did you think of? How does it feel to complete a valued activity, and how did it impact on your mood? Add your comments below
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