By Caitlin Brock, Ed.S., M.Ed., LAC, NCC

Everyone has emotions because they are a necessary part of being human. However, sometimes you may not know exactly what you are feeling. If you do not know the emotion you are feeling, it is difficult to know how to manage and tolerate it. When you are not mindful of your emotions or you are trying to ignore, avoid, or fight emotions, this can lead to emotionally overflowing. Picture a bucket full of water. If you add even one more drop of water, it will overflow. Now think about that bucket representing your feelings. When you are walking around with a full bucket of emotions, adding just one more can cause you to emotionally overflow- lashing out at people, becoming aggressive, having the urge to hurt yourself, or becoming so depressed you stop getting out of bed in the morning.

Becoming more aware of your emotions and putting up with them, even when painful, is what is needed to be able to learn to manage and control emotions.

The first activity I have provided will help you to recognize and express what you are currently feeling. The next activity digs you deeper to gain insight regarding the different emotions you feel and naming those emotions.

My Mood

Start with thinking about how you are feeling in this moment. Are you in a good mood or bad mood? You do not have to put a name to this feeling. Just focus on the sensations in your body. Now represent this feeling using lines, shapes, colors, and/or images. Give yourself permission to do this in a natural and free