Inside Out: Guess the Feelings

Sometimes it is hard to understand why we react the way we do when we have big feelings. This video is a great way to teach children as a clinician or a parent how emotions can be linked to reactions, and it can help open conversation about what kinds of reactions they might be having as a child.

Feeling in my Heart

Kids are experiencing a variety of confusing emotions right now (as are adults!). Use the worksheet below or have clients draw out their own Feelings Heart on paper. Have the child choose a few emotions, and the therapist choose a few emotions to use in their heart. Ask the child to color in their heart using colors to represent how much of each emotion is in their heart right now. Normalize all of their emotions!

Leaves on a Stream

This is a cognitive defusion exercise that allows clients to practice mindfulness and acceptance of their thoughts and feelings.

Container Exercise

This imagery is helpful for temporarily containing difficult emotions and thoughts so one can function better in daily life.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Progressive Muscle Relaxation is an effective way to release pent-up stress and tension that the body is holding, perhaps without you even realizing that it’s there. It is a way to become more mindful of when the body is building tension.

Safe/Calm Space Guided Imagery

Media is a major stressor. This script (that reads like an exercise) helps its readers and listeners to engage more consciously with media. It is a mindfulness practice different than formal meditations. However, it offers us deeper insights into the way we engage with technology.

Mindful Media

Media is a major stressor. This script (that reads like an exercise) helps its readers and listeners to engage more consciously with media. It is a mindfulness practice different than formal meditations. However, it offers us deeper insights into the way we engage with technology.

Body Scan

Mindfully notice sensations in each part of the body, going through them one by one. Practice non-judgment and returning from thoughts to the direct experience of the body.

Giving Yourself Compassion for a Difficult Situation

Sometimes when clients go through difficult times, it activates their habits of self-judgment. This guided meditation helps one to nurture compassion for oneself in regards to a difficult situation.

DEARMAN

DEARMAN is an acronym to help us effectively advocate for ourselves and improve our interpersonal communication. Use this acronym to broach a difficult conversation with a family member, friend, or at work.