Emotions and Wellness
Are you in good emotional shape? Isn't this a question that we should all consider? I know, it's easier said than done; we're all guilty of failing to check in with ourselves as frequently as we should. It should become second nature to us, much like checking our phones or brushing our teeth.
So, what exactly are emotions, and how can we get down to the nitty gritty of them? An emotion is a natural instinctive state of mind generated by one's environment, mood, or interpersonal interactions, according to Oxford. It's frequently defined as a jumble of sensations followed by physical and psychological changes that affect our thinking and behavior.
Emotions are expressed through a variety of bodily activities that are important in our social interactions, social outcomes, and how we communicate our feelings to others (Calvo et al., 2015). Our impulses can tell us what is going on as a way of resolving the problem by involving brain activity, because emotions are the psycho-physiological ways in which we react to an action (Van Dyck et al., 2014). Positive energies can restore reactions to other situations by reflecting our self-consciousness (D'Ascenzo, 2009), "since persons bodily resonate with emotions" (Collins, 2004, pg.6). Robert Pluchik, a well-known psychologist, invented the Wheel of Emotions in 1980 as a manner of explaining how emotions are related to one another.
In a thesis titled "Dancing, Mindfulness, and Our Emotions: Embracing the Mind, Body, and Sole," I go into greater detail regarding emotions and wellness, as well as how to use creative arts and mindfulness to identify, comprehend, and release our bottled-up emotions. The chart below shows how I broke down emotional responses from the Wheel of Emotions.
Since I mostly work with children, I frequently stress the importance of instilling in them a strong and healthy subconscious mind, as well as teaching them to recognize and control their emotions. What are some strategies for teaching our children to recognize and manage their emotions? Teaching your child to communicate their feelings will help in their mental development. Children who understand and control their feelings will be confident in their ability to deal with anything life throws at them. Instead of hitting, a child who can say, "I'm mad at you," or articulate, "that hurts my feelings," is more able to resolve conflicts in a civilized manner. Unfortunately, society frequently portrays expressing emotions as a sign of weakness when it is a sign of incredible strength.
As an adult or authoritative person, consider describing a situation that caused you to experience a certain emotion. This is a fantastic way to teach kids about emotions and how they are normal to experience.
EX: A parent feels angry or depressed because their working hours have been reduced. At the dinner table, your child observes that you're not your usual cheerful self, and they occasionally wonder if they've done something wrong, or they'll ask. Being open and honest with your child or children will allow you to explain that you are angry because your work hours have been reduced, making it more difficult to pay expenses and buy them as many gifts as you used to.
Furthermore, encourage your child or children to talk about what makes them feel a certain emotion. Even though numerous shows, cartoons, and storybooks point it out or even ask children to connect the word with the emotion's face (EX: a red and frowning face would be matched with being angry). I'm not sure if children are understanding the true meaning of emotion and what prompted them to feel it, much less identify it. This technique should be promoted more regularly in households and classrooms.
EX: Timothy sat alone at lunch because he was upset with Brian. Brian backed up and stepped on Timothy's foot while lining up for bathroom time. Brian turned around and stared at Timothy when he said "oww," and then laughed. As a result of his anger, Timothy isolated himself. Both students should be taken apart in this scenario. One can wonder what got Timothy angry in the first place; was it the pain he felt when Brian stepped on his foot, the fact that he laughed, or the fact that he didn't apologize? This begins the dialogue, with Timothy, as far as Brian is concerned, it is a case of teaching children how to take responsibility for their acts, recognize when they are wrong, apologize, and be mindful of such situations in the future. Finally, rather than responding to Brian by saying, "Hey, that's not funny, you stepped on my foot, it hurts," Timothy separated himself in this scenario, which meant he didn't communicate the true emotions he was experiencing.
Mental health is important in all phases of life, including childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, as we all know. Emotional well-being allows you to work well and deal with the stresses of everyday life.
Be well, and don't forget to look after yourself.