Exploring Emotions in 10 Minutes a Day - Workbook
Four ways to balance twelve feelings through yoga and mindfulness.
How can we help children mitigate stress, anxiety, and depression and build resiliency during this chaotic time?
Unprecedented times require new tools and strategies to help our kids cope and manage their ever-expanding feelings and emotions.
We need tools that meet children where they're at.
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"Use the chair yoga and exploring emotions yoga everyday. It got so bad (good really) I had the Dean of Student Behavior sending kids to my classroom after recess when I did yoga as part of their behavior plan. I ended up with 30+ kids in my room doing yoga. I asked that they either give me a room to do yoga in or have the other teachers do it in their rooms. Lol. Guess who still gets extra kids because other teachers don’t want to take 10 minutes to relax their kids?" - Gayle B
Exploring Emotions in 10 Minutes a Day!
It will be your new daily check-in with your children to figure out how they’re really doing!
Children can visually identify their feelings and explore them through movement, story, and breathing exercises so you can gauge how your children are feeling generally and in the moment.
Exploring emotions for just ten minutes a day can:
- Ensure you have a routine for regularly checking in with your children’s emotional states… that goes beyond simply asking “How are you?” and getting a shrug or a scream.
- Help you work with your children around big feelings… even when they lack the words to express their feelings and emotions adequately.
- Provide you with a regular tool to help your children breathe, calm down, and self-regulate… even when schedules are packed and unpredictable or learning is partially/fully at a distance.
- Teach children simple self-regulation and resiliency skills that you can easily incorporate at home or in a classroom… without having to plan, think about it, or find new resources.
- Give children new tools to regulate their bodies and emotions… so they can manage the ups and downs that come with changes in routine, schooling, and schedules.
- Encourage healthy interactions and connections between you and your children and between peers or siblings… even if children are frustrated, short-tempered, or agitated.
"I'm teaching preschool at YMCA where I live and part of a Strong Challenge to work out for 20 minutes every day and the Y gives other suggestions/goals too...I have used your printables and they definitely help when the children get anxious during this difficult time with the pandemic. Thank you for your helpful resources." - Jean N
The list includes visual representations of 12 different feelings. Children can easily match their feelings with the pictures provided.
The 12 emotions included are:
- Emotional or overwhelmed
- Sad or lonely
- Needing to get my wiggles out
- Distracted or unfocused
- I’m going to explode
- Bad about myself
- Anxious or worried
For each emotion identified, there are 4 mindfulness and yoga activities to help your children explore, move, breathe, and work with their feelings:
- Yoga pose flows
- Breathing exercises
- Storytime videos
- Coloring pages
- and more
You will have 12 core emotions common to children of this age group to identify and work with, plus all the resources you need to explore these feelings in a fun and creative way.
Spark your imagination and get your kids to self-regulate, breathe, and move!
Please note this is a digital download product and not a physical product.
Interested in MORE? ... Check out our Exploring Emotions in 10 Minutes a Day PLUS with 22 additional mindfulness and yoga resources!
"Love this product. Our Dean of Behavior was amazed by how much participation I had—this group last year wouldn’t do anything during the day. So thank you so much for the awesome product. It is a game changer! " - Gayle
"My favorite resource right now is the Exploring Emotions in 10 Minutes a Day. I especially like that I can make big visual posters with the resources to hang in my classroom for the kids to follow along. We use that one all the time in our school because that is our big push in our school this year - helping kids recognize their big emotions, identify their emotions, and how to regulate them safely with one another." - May
he children like the materials, and respond to them well. They also love the stories. Myself, as always, I particularly appreciate the drawings. We have added to the emotion of feeling bad about yourself, because it is more common for the children I have worked with to be feeling bad for other reasons than low self esteem. Sometimes we feel really 'bad' (more like feeling ill - ‘sickened’ !!!) because we have done an awful thing, acting unthinkingly. Sso that we have hurt someone else's feelings or lost their trust in us.
We don't find it quite appropriate to encourage ourselves to feel good about ourselves in those circumstances - because our 'high' opinion of ourselves makes us feel disappointment in how we behaved. We want to hold ourselves to a higher standard than that.
In our language, we want to return to being our Better Self. We know we can! So "restorative justice" is what we want to DO. We want to feel better about ourselves, yes - but even more than that, we want to make up for what we did, we want to make the other person or people feel better, feel OK. We want to heal harm, restore trust, and have EVERYONE feeling better.
We love doing "restitution" - fixing what went a bit wrong back there.
We also have a song that we sing: "May we be filled with loving kindness, May all be well, May we be peaceful and at ease, May we be happy." That's the last verse - before that, we replace the "we" with “May you be - - -,” singing to the person we harmed in some way, then we sing to ourselves using "May I be - - -". This helps us feel not so bad about what we went and did back then, when we felt tired, impatient, frustrated, or simply mean-mindedly cross! - or any of the feelings you deal with so well. We need to be “understanding’ about ourselves and each other. We are growing to understand that feelings come unexpectedly, but feelings can change and be gone too.
[All this arises from me having previously used feelings I called "Mad, Bad, Sad or Glad" - for ease of them writing them! We used to check in on how much of each of those we're feeling right now, or had coursing through us when an incident occurred earlier in the day. I saw that feeling Bad is a strong feeling to deal with. They don't think it is low self esteem, So - more like high self esteem! They feel Bad that they have let themselves down, is what I'd describe it as.
Sorry my review is so LONG!
As an Elementary School Counselor, I have found this resource to be both useful and beneficial for the students I work with. I work in a Kindergarten- Grade 5 Elementary School, and I have found this resource to be helpful in small group work, as well as individual 1:1 counseling situations.
Thank you for creating this useful tool for children!
Clackamas River Elementary School
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