6 things to remember about emotions
- Dr Gemma Gladstone
- May 29, 2018
6 THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT EMOTIONS: Talking to your child about their feelings.
- Emotions come and go, they do not last. Remember that your feelings will always change. When you feel sad, remember that you will not feel sad forever.
- All of your emotions are OK! There are no BAD emotions – even the ones that don’t feel very nice (like being sad, angry or scared).
- It is good to give your emotions a name! When you have an emotion, try and think of which one it is and say it out loud (or you can say it to yourself too). Try saying “Right now I feel scared” or “I feel happy now “ or “I feel a bit sad right now”.
- Emotions cannot hurt you! They are a part of your life and everyone’s life, we will always have some kind of emotions – everyday.
- You can have many different emotions in one day and this is very normal and OK. It is also possible to have different emotions at the same time. This can be confusing but it helps to find the emotion you are feeling and give it a name (eg, “I am feeling scared right now”; “I am feeling surprised”).
- It is good to try and express your emotions. Think of helpful ways to get your feelings out and express them. It is OK to feel angry and to use your words to express how you feel, but it’s not OK to do things like hurt someone or break someone’s things. Now you are getting bigger, you can know the difference between feeling something (which is OK) and doing something (which may not be OK).