Our emotions can change every day and sometimes several times a day. It's not always easy to explain how you are feeling, so we have put together some activities that might help you to share your emotions with somebody at home. We have put together some more activities that we hope you will enjoy trying out.
THE EMOTION WHEEL: You will need to cut this out and attach the 'I feel' arrow to the centre of your wheel. Then, look at all the different faces and the emotions written on the wheel. Put the arrow to show how you are currently feeling and try explaining why. We hope that sometimes you feel happy and calm!
Don't worry if the arrow breaks, because you can always make another, or just use your finger to point!
SENTENCE STARTERS: This sheet may give you some useful ways to begin expressing how you feel. You could try sharing them out with an adult and using each one to start a sentence.
EMOTIONAL CHECK-IN SHEETS: These sheets give ideas of even more words connected with your emotions or feelings. By writing things down, it really helps you to get the feelings out of your head and onto paper.
If you are not having a very good day, try writing it down and then have a think about what you could do to make yourself feel a little bit better. REMEMBER to be kind to yourself!
HAVING A BAD DAY? If your day is not going well, try using a coping skills wheel. This will help you to try some different ways of making you feel better and to start to cope with your emotions. There are two empty segments for you to choose things that work particularly well for you too!
HELPFUL OR UNHELPFUL THINKING? Sometimes the thoughts we have inside our heads are unhelpful and won't be useful in helping us to cope. Adults an children can have unhelpful thoughts, but by training our brains to start thinking more helpfully, it makes a difference to how we can cope with things that we find tricky.
Have a go at the two 'Reframing Thinking' worksheets and then try to use some of these 'ways of thinking' for real. It takes practice, but can really help!
We hope you found some of these activities useful and have enjoyed exploring your emotions a little more.
A BOWL OF HAPPINESS: For this activity, you will need a pencil, some paper and some colouring pencils.
First, draw a big bowl that will be big enough to hold lots of ingredients because you are going to make a happiness cake.
Next, think of all the ingredients that help to make you and your family happy.
Then, outside your bowl, write down in colour all the ingredients that would make you, your family, or friends feel happy.
Finally, draw the ingredients in your bowl, making it as colourful as you can. Share your wonderful happiness bowl with an adult in your house.
Laughing is the best fun exercise there is!
Scientists have proved that happy people benefit from happy hormones rushing around your brain.
When you feel happy, your immune system gets a boost.
Your lungs are refreshed when you laugh.
Your muscles relax when you are happy.
Your happy energy is contagious!
HOW MANY POSITIVES CAN YOU THINK OF? Remember to be kind to yourself. Sometimes it is easier to be kinder to others than we are to ourselves.
Fill in the circle, triangle and star with as many positives, good things about yourself as you can. You can also get other people to help you if you like.
I am I have I can
MY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR: Although, at the moment it feels very different to how we all normally live our lives, it is good to remember what has gone well and which things you have particularly enjoyed.
STRESS BUSTERS: These are six lovely ways for you to try and relax and have fun. See which ones you enjoy the most! The Key Worker children made their own stress balls in school last week and they found them very soothing.
LOCKDOWN COLOURING SHEETS: There are two sheets for you to colour carefully and maybe stick to the fridge or somewhere that you and your parents will see it regularly. The messages are just as important as the colouring. Remember to 'BE KIND' and 'THIS WON'T BE FOREVER'. We are sure you can colour them really well.
RELAXATION WORDSEARCH: As you find the eight words think about how those words help your minds to relax and feel calm. How many words are you able to make using the letters from RELAXATION? Can you find 10...or even 20?!
RELAXATION PRACTICE: Practise relaxation once a day, it helps you feel happier and calmer. Think of ways of having "quiet time", you could have a shower or bath, lie on the grass and listen to the birds, the wind and the silence. Try not to turn on the TV, radio or computer. Try to spend just ten minutes each day doing this.
CREATE YOUR OWN RELAXATION MENU:
Include: Something social with someone that you're allowed to see.
Something creative like singing or drawing or playing music.
Something indoors like cooking, reading or playing board games.
Something outdoors like playing sport or walking.
Something quiet (no computers, mobile phones, TV)... just something peaceful.
CHILL-OUT TIME: Have a read of the chill-out time sheet. Isn't it surprising how many good things happen to your body? Remember to try to get enough sleep too.
UNWORRY ISLAND: Enjoy designing your own 'Unworry Island'; a place that you can imagine is the best place to be; where bedtime worries will not stop you from sleeping.
We hope you enjoy doing some of these activities!