Thursday, January 24, 2013

Luck of the Draw

Here's a fun card game for talking about how to cope with Anxiety!

For this group, everyone sits in a circle.  You will need at least one deck of playing cards, perhaps more if the group is really large.  Each person takes turns drawing a card.  Depending on what card they draw, they must do the following activity:

2:  Name every person in the room.
3:  Tell us a goal you have for yourself.
4:  Pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time.
5:  Describe yourself using 5 adjectives.
6:  Tell us about a time you felt sad.
7:  Name your favorite movie and explain why.
8:  Give 3 people a compliment.
9:  Stand on one foot for as long as you can.
10:  Name 3 things you are grateful for.
Jack:  Share a favorite memory with the group.
Queen:  Tell us about a time when you felt happy.
King:  Try to make your tongue touch your nose.
Ace:  Pass!  You don't have to do anything this time around.

Afterwards, process how each person felt during the game.  Did they feel any anxiety not knowing what they were going to have to do on their turn?  How can we calm or manage our anxiety in these kinds of situations?  Talk about different coping skills.

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