We all experience emotions. It is what makes us human. Webster's defines emotion as "a moving of the mind or soul; excitement of the feelings". There are many kinds of feelings. Happy emotions, sad emotions, angry emotions, and so forth. It is important to understand that it is okay to feel angry sometimes, it is okay to feel sad sometimes. These are all very natural emotions that we all possess.
It can be difficult for children to understand the concept of emotions. It is easier for them to understand by talking about specific examples in their life where they felt a particular emotion. Ex.- Do you remember a time when you felt sad?
Not expressing our emotions, however, can cause us some trouble. Anger, for example, is a very important emotion which must be expressed appropriately or it can get us into all kinds of trouble!
Imagine that you have a spot inside you where you keep your anger. Picture this being kind of like a balloon, which expands when things happen that make you angry.
You wake up and have a really bad morning, nothing goes right. You burn your breakfast, and then spill your drink all over the floor. Your "anger balloon" begins to expand. You are late for the bus, and your normal seat is taken. Your "anger balloon" expands again. Your friends make fun of you for almost missing the bus, the "balloon" expands again.
By the time you arrive at school, your "anger balloon" is so full, it cannot handle any more anger! Your teacher walks in and instructs everyone to have a quiet reading time. Your friend begins to whisper something to you. The teacher walks over and tells you to change seats, as you are not suppose to be talking, but reading.
This is the last straw, your "anger balloon" cannot hold any more anger! As it explodes so do you! You begin yelling at the teacher. Before it is all over, you find yourself in the principal's office, and a boat load of trouble!
What happened here? We each have our own "anger balloon" which can only expand so much. Keeping in mind that anger is a completely healthy feeling, it is important to deal with this feeling in an appropriate fashion. We need to figure out ways to let anger out of our "balloon" before it explodes.
So how do we deal with our emotions? There are plenty of ways. We can listen to music, write a poem, do jumping jacks, shoot hoops. The possibilities are endless. What is important is for us to recognize what works for us, and to make sure we do it!
It is very important for us to constantly be "in check" with our emotions.
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Original music recorded by Freudian Slip, a therapeutic rock band which specializes in helping children and teens express their feelings.
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|Books on Emotions|
Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve
Managing Your Emotions: Instead of Your Emotions Managing You
by Joyce Meyer
Healing Through the Dark Emotions : The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair
by MIRIAM GREENSPAN