Let’s THINK About Feelings, Emotions, and Stress is Volume #1 in the series, Cognitive Behavioral Support for Young Hearts and Minds. This volume sets the foundation for self-awareness with activities to help children
1) differentiate between facts and thoughts,
2) identify and articulate emotional responses to upsetting events,
3) differentiate between healthy and unhealthy stress and
4) learn about four categories of coping strategies that can help them cope with stressful situations and emotions.
With developmentally appropriate tools, mental health clinicians can help children become good observers of their own internal processes. Children can become aware of their emotional reactions to events and also of the internalized language (beliefs, judgments, self-statements) that give rise to their emotions. With this self-awareness, they can then learn strategies for calming their automatic reactions and thinking more flexibly.