Games and exercises

A selection of games and exercises that are designed to keep your mind healthy.

Games and exercises


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12 different art therapy activities to help reconnect with one’s self.

Art encourages the freedom of self-expression and helps one reconnect with themselves and the world around them. Art helps to heal one’s mental well-being by exploring different emotions and helping to tackle stress and anxiety. These activities will help you to realise that!

Being mindful without even realising!

The act of mindfulness a lot of the time can be rather intimidating and confusing, so here are a couple of simple activities that you can try to practice being mindful without even trying!

Simple Candle Meditation Technique

This is a simple meditation technique that you can do anywhere at any time if you need a break or just some time to relax.
Thanks Marc Ignacio for the image from Unsplash :)

Healthy VS Unhealthy Habits Activity

This an activity made by State of Mind Peer Mentors that you can do simply to promote your healthy habits and tackle your unhealthy ones! Image by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash

Some games to help you relax

Like gaming? Here is a list of games from the BBC that will help keep you relaxed during the lockdown.
Thanks for the image Alexey Savchenko from Unsplash!

Positive Pebbles

This is a great mindfulness activity as well as a way to add colour and positivity to your community in these crazy times! All you need is a rock, paint and your imagination. [Thanks for the pic Dan Gold from Unsplash!]

Gratitude Jar

A Gratitude Jar is a space for you to write to your future self. You note down on a scrap of paper what it is that you are grateful for, or happy about.

(Photo: Milan Popovic on Unsplash)

Journaling – Top Tips and Tricks

The point of journaling is to reflect on your day. You can find silver linings on cloudy days, and appreciate the sun when it shines on you.

(Photo: Ava Sol on Unsplash)

Mindful Baking: Victoria Sponge Cake

Laura shows us how to make her tasty victoria sponge cake and talks about how great baking is for your mental health and wellbeing. Want to try her recipe? (I know I do!) Share your final result with us on Instagram @Platfform4yp. Happy baking!

Box breathing for calm and concentration

A simple but effective breathing technique to help stop a panic attack in its tracks. It’s also just generally useful for calm, or for increasing concentration. A great way to stop and re-centre.

(Photo: Fabian Moller on Unsplash)

Bored? Ten fun things you can do right now

Learn a language! Build a fort! Bake something! Here's The Mix with their top ten things to do. It was written during the coronavirus lockdown - but they're all fun whatever's going on.

(Photo: Filip Mishevski on Unsplash)

Emotional Freedom Technique

Sometimes known as ‘tapping’, research varies on exactly why this works for some people, but many have found it to be a useful way of relieving stress or tension. It’s been used to treat other mental health symptoms, too.

(Photo by Diego PH on Unsplash)

Ways to stay active

The Jack Petchey Foundation have got some great ways to stay active, whether that's physically, or with hobbies and creative stuff. It's been put together to use during the coronavirus lockdown, but the ideas here are useful the rest of the time too.

(Photo: Henry Xu on Unsplash)