How can we pay attention to our feelings?


[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”auto” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]Feelings are part of what makes us being human. Sometimes they can be baffling, overwhelming, confusing…they can lead us to behave in unexpected ways. How can we become more familiar with our feelings, especially when we are very young?[/dropshadowbox]

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”auto” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]At Howard Primary we use the language of Zones of Regulation and we see feelings also as having physical signs. We talk about feeling uncomfortable and our cheeks getting hotter. We talk about how feeling anxious can make our shoulders tense up or our palms become sweaty. Slowly we get to know what feelings feel like and we learn new words to express ourselves. We learn how to be emotionally literate.[/dropshadowbox]


We classify feelings/emotions and how they can make our body feel into four zones:

Green Zone = when you are ready – “good to go.” You feel happy, calm, focused, ready to learn

Blue Zone = when your body is running slowly, such as when you are tired, sick, sad or bored.

Yellow Zone = when you feel your engine is running high, such as when you are frustrated, overwhelmed, silly, wiggly, excited, worried, anxious or surprised.

Red Zone = is when you have “flipped your lid.” You have extreme feelings such as panic, uncontrolled anger, aggression or elation.

We play games to familiarise ourselves with the language of feelings as children might only know the word happy and angry to express their feelings. Games such as Emotions Bingo or Let’s sort our feelings out

Why not have a go at the game below?

Emoji Zones Matching chart

The answers are in this file:

Answer_ Emoji Zones Matching chart

Let’s look at ANXIETY more closely.

How could it make our body feel? Which unexpected  behaviours could anxiety lead us to display?

This cartoon explains how baffling feelings can be for children and adults. That is why it is very important to get to know our emotions and how they can affect our behaviour and self worth.

Emotional literacy does not just happen, it is a skill which can be taught. Awareness is the first step on the road to emotional literacy.



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