HOW TO HANDLE YOUR EMOTIONS
This video teaches young adolescents:
That it's healthy and normal to experience a wide range of feelingsboth pleasant and unpleasant.
That it's important to identify and understand what we're feeling so we can maintain a healthy perspective and choose the best ways to cope.
Some positive ways to express emotions and to deal with emotions.
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If you are using the video, ask the first three questions before viewing.
1. Do you agree or disagree: It's never okay to feel angry!
2. Do you agree or disagree: If you feel sad, there is something wrong with you!
3. Do you ever have big mood swings? Describe what they're like.
4. The kids in this video said that mood swings are common at this age because of all the changes you're going through. What are some of these changes? Why do you suppose these changes affect your moods?
5. Have you ever been confused about your feelings -like you knew you were feeling a strong emotion, but you didn't know what?
6. Have you ever thought you were feeling one thing when, really, you were feeling something else?
7. Do you think it's important to understand what it is you are feeling? Why? What can happen if you don't?
8. Do you think there's something wrong with you if you don't always feel wonderful? Is it okay to sometimes feel blue? Why, or why not?
9. Are some emotions more difficult to express than others? Which are they? Why are they hard to express?
10. Are there times when we ought to stop and think about how we want to express our emotions? What are they?
11. How do we decide when and how it is appropriate to express our feelings?
12. In this video, the kids suggested several positive ways to deal with anger. Can you remember what they were? What suggestions do you have for dealing with anger in a positive (non-harmful) way?
13. In this video, the girls disagreed with the boys about whether it's okay for boys to cry. What's your opinion?
14. Have you ever been unable to ask for help when you were hurting? Why?
15. When you are really down and confused or angry, what do you do?
16. Do you think your moods sometimes affect the way you make choices? In what way?
17. What are some things you shouldn't do
when you are feeling very emotional?
18. What was most meaningful to you in this video? Why?
Other teaching guides in this series:
a) What do you feel when you're blamed for something you didn't do?
b) What do you feel when someone keeps fouling you on the basketball court?
c) What do you feel if you are expecting to see a friend, and he or she backs out at the last moment for no good reason?
d) How does you feel when you work really hard for something and you succeed?
e) What do you feel when your team keeps losing?
f) What do you feel when a teacher praises your work?
g) What do you feel when you do poorly on an exam because you didn't study?
h) What do you feel when your parent hasn't understood you?
1. Write about a time when you felt like you had to hide your emotions. Have you ever tried to hide them even from yourself?
2. Describe one or two times when you had big emotional mood swings.
3. Describe a time when you felt like you were mad at the world. Were you really mad at the whole world, or just one or two things? Did you figure it out?
4. Who do you talk to when you are feeling down? What does this person do that helps? Do you ever do the same for others?
5. Have you ever felt like
you are totally alone and no one else could possibly understand what
6. Watch a television program and write about one of the characters. What were the major emotions that motivated that character's behavior? How did the character deal with those emotions? Did this character handle his/her emotions in a positive or negative (helpful or harmful) way? Can you think of a better way?
7. Imagine that some day you will have a child. Write a letter of advice for that child to read when he or she reaches the age you are right now. Tell the child about the moods and emotions you experienced at this age, and how you hope he/she will deal with his/her own moods and emotions at this age.
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