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    Feeling Your Feelings: How our Senses Can Affect our Emotions

    Feeling Your Feelings: How our Senses Can Affect our Emotions

    Have a child struggling to understand and deal with their emotions? You've come to the right place. Keep reading to learn a different approach to explaining emotions featuring The Five Senses: Adventure 1 workbook.

    Helping children cope with their feelings can be tricky. Children deal with the same uncomfortable feelings that adults do, but often don’t have the words or tools to face those emotions. Children are often taught about their physical health and their feelings, but what often gets left unexplored is the powerful connection between our bodies and our brains, the mind-body connection.

    The mind-body connection describes the idea that how you think and feel is linked to how your body feels and functions. The reverse is also true, how you physically feel has an impact on how your thoughts and emotions.

    How to nurture your mind-body connection:

    1. Recognize the emotion

    The first step in helping your children to manage the mind-body connection is understanding what they are feeling! Explain that everyone has feelings, and that feelings are okay to have, even if they feel uncomfortable

    2. Tune into your body

    Sometimes, feelings can be harder to identify, but our bodies are often sending us cues to help us figure it out. For instance, if your kid plays baseball, and it is their turn to bat, but all of a sudden, they freeze up instead of swinging. This is a sign of anxiety. Another example is having a stomach ache because they heard an unfamiliar noise. These are cues to tune into your body to understand what is happening behind those feelings

    3. Put it into practice

    Let kids know that caring about their mind is just as important as caring about their body, as both systems working together helps their overall health. Start by learning about the body with your kids, so they can better to tune into their bodies cues.

    4. Coping Mechanisms

    Coping skills are necessary for dealing with feelings and stressful events, they are best learned when calm and emotions are not running high. One coping mechanism is the 5,4,3,2,1 Method which engages your mind and your body through the five senses. Give it a try and see if it is the right thing for your family.

    • 5,4,3,2,1 Method
      • Look around you and find:
        • 5 things you can see
        • 4 things you can feel
        • 3 things you can hear
        • 2 things you can smell
        • 1 thing you can taste

    Know Yourself. It makes you better at everything.

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