My child can't express themselves...
“Feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which one to surf.” – Jonatan Martensson
In the article we are going to recommend today, the author explains that one of their top 3 tips for better understanding your emotions is to “broaden your emotional vocabulary”. Now, what does this mean?
At HappiMe, one of the first things we ask our young people to do is write down all of the words they would use to describe their feelings, emotions and unhelpful thoughts. Then, we work together to try and double the amount of words that are written down… Yes, double! By doing this, we are improving their emotional knowledge and increasing their vocabulary. This, in turn, helps young people to express themselves better. Most of us know that when we are able to talk and share our thoughts and emotions, with the knowledge that the person we are sharing with can then understand how we may be feeling, we are much more likely to feel calmer afterwards…
To read more on this, check out Harvard Business Review’s great article.
How else can HappiMe help you or your child? We offer targeted coaching programmes, which can be really useful for supporting you to develop more helpful thinking patterns. Find out more here.