Feelings Check-In

Hi Everyone -

I sure miss seeing all the kids around school.  I hope you are finding fun things to do at home with your family. 
Today I thought I would share something you can do at home.  It's a regular activity I do with lots of the kids who come to visit with me.  We call it the "Feelings Jar"*.  Each of us have many feelings inside of us at any given moment.  It is helpful to be able to name them and figure out what is going on inside.  Once we can name our feelings, it's easier to understand what we might need to feel better. 

Here is a picture of some that we did at my house: 

Here's what you do:
1) Draw the shape of a jar or container of any kind.
2) Check out a feelings chart - there are plenty found on google, such as the one below.  (Just google 
"feelings chart for kids").  Or come up with a list of as many emotions as you can name together.  
These charts help young people to recognize and name the emotions they are feeling  a key part of the healing process

Think about which feelings you are feeling in this moment.  Your "jar" represents your heart.  Choose a colour for each feeling and decide how much of your heart is filled by that feeling, and colour it in.  You can choose to label the feelings or keep them just as colours.  Talk about the feelings you feel comfortable sharing about.  

Kids - remember what we've talked about before:  There are no feelings that are "good" or "bad", rather there are feelings that make us "comfortable" or "uncomfortable".  We want to pay attention to all of them because they give us information about what we need to feel better.  

Parents - This is an excellent way to get an idea of what's going on for your kids emotionally right now.  It helps kids learn to practice identifying and talking about their feelings.  It also is a great way to open the conversation with your kids about how they are handling things right now.  You might want to do one for yourself as well alongside of them- it normalizes some of the feelings for our kids and also helps us as adults to pause and name what we're feeling.

I would love to see some photos of your jars!  Feel free to email them to me at tklassen@hsd.ca.   I'm thinking of you and would love to hear from you.  

I hope you all have a good week ahead!  

*I got the Feelings Jar activity from Liana Lowenstein (www.lianalowenstein.com