- How do you cope when things don’t go your way?
- If you lose an argument, or if someone disagrees with you, do you want to ‘get even’?
- Can you let it go? Does being angry help?
- What else could you do?
Taking part in positive activities benefits your body and your mind. Being active makes you stronger and more alert; taking part in group activities gives you a sense of belonging and broadens your horizons. If you are part of a team, or an organised activity you are widening your social circle and have some positive adult role models who you might be able to turn to for advice or a different perspective than you might get at home or school.
Taking part in positive activities means you are surrounding yourself with other people making positive choices. If you mix with people who have positive aspirations you are also more likely to achieve in school and less likely to take part in risky, dangerous or self-destructive behaviour.
When you are active you get less of this:
Negative feelings such as anger, anxiety, worrying, fear, confusion, depression, headaches, stress, tension.
When you are active you get more of this:
Positive feelings such as confidence, assertiveness, independence and self-esteem.
Your memory and sleep quality will improve, you’ll feel more emotionally stable because you feel less troubled by disappointments and be more able to ask for help when you need it.
Physical activity is good for your immune system, so you are less likely to get ill.
Friendships are made when you are part of a team, and when you participate in an individual activity like skateboarding, you will find others with a shared interest.
When Billy was killed his friends decided to do something positive to honour his memory. With the help of Paul, Billy’s dad, they set up a football team. Read the story of Doves United here.
Find a Young Connections youth project near you with this link. Projects are designed to enable young people to learn new skills, increase knowledge and develop confidence, self-esteem and resilience.
National Citizenship Service
The National Citizenship Service (NCS), states that it believes you have potential and can succeed in new challenges. They are here to help you on your journey and prove what you are capable of achieving.