Digital Wellness Module

Lesson 6: A Moment for Me

Before you start the lesson, make sure to read through the lesson overview and the lesson preparation. The Facilitator Guide can also help you prepare.

Lesson Overview

Lesson Preparation

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Before beginning this activity, take a few deep breaths. Remind students that they are encouraged but not required to participate. (They are welcome to sit quietly if they choose not to participate.)


We will purposely generate a little tension or stress in our minds and bodies by thinking of a challenging situation, so we can then learn how to use self-compassion.

Play the audio recording for your students or lead them through the practice with the transcript below.

Think of a situation in your life that is difficult or causing you stress. Please choose a situation that is not the worst or most difficult in your life, but something that is causing you some discomfort. When you think of this situation, can you feel the experience in your body, perhaps discomfort such as tightness in the chest or gripping in the stomach? Now, say to yourself: “In this moment, a part of me is struggling.” This is mindfulness. You might choose to say, “Whoa, this feels awful,” or “This sucks,” or maybe, “This is stress.”

Now say to yourself: “This kind of struggle is a part of life.” This is common humanity. Lots of other people struggle in this same way.

You might choose to say, “Other kids feel this way too,” or “I’m not alone with this feeling,” or “This is a part of being a teen and so many other kids struggle just like me.” Or “All teens feel this at some time or another…!”

Now, offer yourself a kind and soothing, supportive touch — maybe a hand on your heart or another gesture that feels right for you. Feel the warmth of your hand coming through to your body. Now, say to yourself: “May I be kind to myself.” Remember that as teens, you’re going through so many transitions — your brains are changing, your bodies are changing, you may be in a new school or thinking about college, so many pressures and so many changes. So be gentle with yourself.

For more personal language, ask, “What do I need to hear right now?” Or if you have trouble finding what words to say, ask yourself, “What would I say to a good friend who was going through this? Can I say those words to myself?”

  • May I give myself the compassion that I need.
  • May I accept myself as I am.
  • May I learn to accept myself as I am.
  • May I forgive myself.
  • May I be strong.
  • May I be safe.
  • May I be peaceful.
  • May I know that I deserve love.

And if the “May I” feels strange to you or like you are asking permission, you can always leave that out and just say “I wish to accept myself just as I am,” or “Strong,” or “Accept myself,” simply notice what you’re feeling.


Ask students one or more of the following questions:

  • What does it feel like to comfort yourself in this way? What is it like to think that you can actually begin to notice when you’re struggling and begin to offer yourself kind words?
  • Did anything change when you put your hand on your heart?
  • What is it like to know that you can actually treat yourself with more kindness?
  • Can you think of a situation where this would be useful to you?
  • Consider the three components of self-compassion — which were most meaningful to you and important to acknowledge?
    • Mindfulness (“This is a moment of suffering.”)
    • Common humanity (“I am not alone in my suffering.”)
    • Self-kindness (physical touch or soothing voice; “May I be kind to myself.”)


Reflection after the practice:

  • What worked or didn’t work for you in leading this practice? How did the students respond to the practice? Would you change anything for next time?
  • Do you notice whether students are responding to mistakes or failure or other challenges in life with a different attitude after engaging in this practice?
  • What adjustments were made to the practice based on student and family input? How did it go?
  • Did students discuss how this practice might relate to or be helpful or unhelpful in their lives?
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This lesson is being shared through collaboration with the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. The Purpose Challenge Toolkit was created by Dr. Kendall Cotton-Bronk in partnership with the Greater Good Science Center and Prosocial. For more information, visit: &

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