submitted by Shakira Blassingame of CSUS-Sacramento on December 19, 2006
Size of Group: Any
Equipment: Salt, funnels, and balloons
Objective: Reduce stress, exercise, increase motor skills.
Description: Place a funnel inside a balloon, pour in the salt (the amount of salt that you pour in depends on how big or small you want the ball to be), and tie the balloon at the top. Voila, you have an instant stress ball.
Name that Tea
Submitted by Vickie Kornelsen of Northern Health - Mental Health & Addictioons on 8-21-13
Size of Group: Any size
Equipment/Supplies Needed: Different types of herbal tea and a pot of some kind for each kind of tea, small pieces of paper, pen or pencil, hot water.
Activity/Treatment Objective or Expected Outcome: Relaxation, discussing other stress reduction techniques that people have tried, settling before sleeping, introduction of new methods of stress reduction.
Description of the Activity: To start, number your teas in the order you'd like to present them, they either need to be all bagged tea, or all loose tea. If using bagged tea I would cut the label of the end of the bag so it can't be identified by the colour of the tag.
Gather people, or catch them as they come by, and introduce the topic of tea, (used as relaxation, part of the reason the world was explored initially, great way to relax naturally, can assist in sleeping, etc).
Let people try samples (I use small med cups)and ask if they can recognize any ingredients, and if they have a name they'd give the tea. Allow time for discussion as appropriate, When people are finished tasting go back over what each tea was and ask for comments and feedback in general. Then offer a full cup of whichever tea was their favourite.
Close the group as you typically would, I like to thank them for their participation and let people know they can come to you with any questions.
Submitted by Lynda Griffin of Helping Hand on June 24, 2004 at
Equipment: Towels, Face washers, bowls for water. Mixing Bowl,
eggs, lemon juice. Sliced cucumber
Objective: Creates feelings of Self worth and enjoyment
Description: Beat the whites of eggs in a bowl (work out the
number you need by the size of your group) until fluffy like
meringue. Add a few drops of lemon juice. You can either put
it on clients faces or get them to do it themselves. They then
can place a slice of cucumber over each eye and relax to music.
Leave mixture on face until set and then wash off with warm
water. There is a lot of giggling and fun and it leaves clients
faces shiny and clean. Then place a little moisturizer on hands
and massage into clients faces.
submitted by Theresa Zaffini of
Pine Knoll Convalescent Center on Monday, January 7, 2002
Therapy Machine, relaxation tapes or CD, and relaxation lotion
(located in any drug store)
activity is for the high and low functioning. I find it works
great with my behavior and wandering residents. It helps to
calm them down and relax. They tend to sleep better.
turn on the aroma therapy with relaxation crystals one half
hour before the activity begins. The residents come in and sit
in a circle, we turn the lights off, close the door and turn
on the relaxation tapes. There are usually two activity staff
in the room and we each start with a resident and give them
a 5 minute shoulder, neck, and back massage and then move to
the next resident. Then we give a soothing arm massage with
lotion and we massage their arms, fingers, and hands
Lend a Fish
submitted by Nancy
Hahn of Sidney Square Care Center Pgh PA on Thursday, June 14,
plastic or acrylic fishbowls, water, Beta or goldfish, fish
food, film canisters, a spray of water greens if desired
Objective: A Relaxation
technique,an anti-anxiety aide,a self-esteem enhancer
a single fish in a bowl. Very inexpensive bowls often even with
lids,are available in pet shops. These fish can be left in viewing
distance of patients,or in the rooms of other residents for
a few days or up to a week. They are fascinating to watch, and
require little care. I have found them especially effective
with vent patients who often are so intent on their next breath,
that they have a high level of anxiety or just can't relax.
We break a spray of greens into very small pieces and put a
sprig in each bowl. It is best to use colorful or high definition
fish. A few colorful pebbles are nice in the bottom, but not
necessary. We use bottled water for our bowls, avoiding the
additives needed for tap water. These have become very popular
at our facility, we even have family member request them, and
residents have certain favorites. If anyone has questions I
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Day at the Beach
submitted by Yvette Mclaughlin,CTRS of
Inglis House on February 20, 2001
Equipment: CD player, big
hand fan or a piece of cardboard used for fanning clients, CD
with soft music and sounds of ocean waves, different aromas
that would remind people of the beach, a short written guide
to relaxation. sand and shells and smooth stones.
Objective: To relax clients
and create a safe, calming environment for them. Stimulates
their sense of sound,smell and sight. It may also trigger certain
memories of family day at the beach.
Description: Start with
clients in a circle, with the music playing softly in the background,
ask each to relax and let there breathing slow down. allow them
to get used to the music playing try to get a CD with soft music
and waves with the sounds of seagulls and ships going by in
the distance. Start off there journey at the facility where
they are and continue to the beach onto a boat and in the water
what ever you think is appropriate. Also use a very big hand
fan to simulate soft breeze, just enough to make strands of
their hair to move, also if you can get different aromas to
go along with the day such as perfumes that have a citrus scent
or a calming scent as lavender.