Helpful ways to share your emotions

This is Part 2 of a Covid-19 Support series - How to support and communicate with each other:

In this video, our Head of Training discusses different ways on how to express emotions.


Here you can find helpful ways to share your emotions:


AT HOME

What will help us to feel the way we’d like to at home in the coming weeks? And what would be unhelpful?

After each person has had the opportunity to write down how they’d like to feel (C-19 Support: How would you like to feel?), add below on the same piece of paper two columns headed “What would help” and “What would be unhelpful”. Underneath those headings, you might also add “Do’s” and “Don’ts” respectively. As a family, go through each of the feelings and talk about what would help to achieve that feeling and what would be unhelpful. For example, if people wanted to feel safe, you might come up with something like “Keep talking and sharing our feelings” and “Bottle things up” in the two columns. It’s important that anything written is not attributed to anyone individually – and the person who mentioned the feeling doesn’t need to be the person deciding what would help and what wouldn’t. It works best if it all emerges from a discussion and if everyone agrees on the content and wording.

Once this has been done for each of the feelings, you might want to talk about how to present it and to agree on the best place for it to be put up. You now have your own Family Agreement, which can be tweaked and updated as necessary (with everyone’s agreement) and can be a useful way of helping people to feel secure and boundaried in these uncertain times.


AT SCHOOL

What will help us to feel the way we’d like to at school in the coming weeks? And what would be unhelpful?

After each person has had the opportunity to write down how they’d like to feel (see separate vlog), add below on the same piece of paper two columns headed “What would help” and “What would be unhelpful”. Underneath those headings, you might also add “Do’s” and “Don’ts” respectively. As a class or small group, go through each of the feelings and talk about what would help to achieve that feeling and what would be unhelpful. For example, if people wanted to feel calm, you might come up with something like “Talk respectfully to each other” and “Shout” in the two columns. It’s important that anything written is not attributed to anyone individually – and the person who mentioned the feeling doesn’t need to be the person deciding what would help and what wouldn’t. It works best if it all emerges from a discussion and if everyone agrees on the content and wording.

Once this has been done for each of the feelings, you might want to talk about how to present it and to agree on the best place for it to be put up. You now have your own Class/Group Agreement, which can be tweaked and updated as necessary (with everyone’s agreement) and can be a useful way of helping people to feel secure and boundaried in these uncertain times.


AT WORK

What will help us to feel the way we’d like to at work in the coming weeks? And what would be unhelpful?

After each person has had the opportunity to write down or contribute virtually/online as to how they’d like to feel (see separate vlog), add below on the same piece of paper two columns headed “What would help” and “What would be unhelpful”. Underneath those headings, you might also add “Do’s” and “Don’ts” respectively. As a team, go through each of the feelings and talk about what would help to achieve that feeling and what would be unhelpful. For example, if people wanted to feel inspired, you might come up with something like “Share our ideas” and “Keep our ideas to ourselves” in the two columns. It’s important that anything written is not attributed to anyone individually – and the person who mentioned the feeling doesn’t need to be the person deciding what would help and what wouldn’t. It works best if it all emerges from a discussion and if everyone agrees on the content and wording.

Once this has been done for each of the feelings, you might want to talk about how to present it and to agree on the best place for it to be put up or disseminated and saved so that everyone can see it. You now have your own Team Agreement, which can be tweaked and updated as necessary (with everyone’s agreement) and can be a useful way of helping people to feel secure and boundaried in these uncertain times.

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