A quick Guide on How to Deal with Strong Emotions?
At these unsettling and uncertain times, it may be challenging for most of us to adapt to the changes. This can cause a lot of worrying in some adults and children. It is natural to worry about things we cannot control. Worrying in children may be observed as frequent temper tantrums and having regressions (such as wanting to co-sleep again), and whining.
Identifying and talking about one’s emotions is the start of calming down and problem-solving. Children need to know about their own emotions to understand others’ emotions.
What helps little children to identify their emotions?
Read and Watch Together.
Children feel more secure about talking emotions when they don’t feel strong emotions at that moment. So using stories and cartoons will help your child talk about feelings. You can start talking about what is happening in the story and how the characters feel.
Use Play as a Safe Ground.
It is easier for children to play about the things that create intense emotions than talk. Play with your child, understand the recurring subjects, and use play to guide your child.
Be a Model.
Talking about your emotions will help your child talk about their feelings easily. Being a model of being respectful about differences and different perspectives will also help your little one.
Share Your Stories
It is crucial that your little one understands that everybody has feelings, and we all feel scared, angry, jealous, etc., at some point.
What are the 4 Messages to Emphasize about Emotions?
It is okay to feel how you are feeling now.
This especially helps when the child has strong emotions such as anger, frustration, jealousy, and fear.
You can have different emotions than others about the same thing.
We don’t always have the same emotion about the same thing. You can be happy about your toy, but your friend may feel jealous about the toy, and it is okay to feel that way.
You can feel more than one emotion at the same time.
We may be feeling a lot of different emotions at the same time. You may be happy that it is your birthday that day. At the same time, you can be sad that your best friend cannot come to your birthday party.
Especially when we have strong emotions and feel uncomfortable, it is essential to remind ourselves that these emotions are not permanent. We may be feeling angry now, but we can calm down and feel more relaxed in time.
Sending warm wishes to all,
Out of the Box Fun Team
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All activities are ideal for children aged 2–8.
Let’s play together and explore the colourful world of emotions!