• The Guest House by Rumi | Scottish Poetry Library

    The Guest House by Rumi | Scottish Poetry Library

    A range of emotions work their way through our minds and bodies every single day, feelings that may be stronger when times are uncertain or frightening. Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet and his poetry is still popular and relevant today. Start by reading his short poem, “The Guest House,” as a way to pause and center yourself. What feelings--or guests, as Rumi calls them--have you allowed in and how did you treat them?

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  • Emotions | Britannica Library for Young Adults

    Emotions | Britannica Library for Young Adults

    Emotions are complex! A single emotion involves changes in your brain chemistry, physical changes in your body (like if your hands get sweaty or mouth gets dry when you’re feeling nervous), and changes in your emotional behavior (such as smiling when you feel happy). The word emotion comes from the Latin verb movere, which means “to move.” Feelings move through us, and they move us to act.

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  • Understanding Your Emotions | TeensHealth from Nemours

    Understanding Your Emotions | TeensHealth from Nemours

    Identifying and and sharing how you feel is a skill that takes time and practice, and many adults struggle with it! Becoming stronger in your own emotional awareness will help you in every aspect of your life. The good news is that there are some very simple ways to practice. Take a moment to notice and name the emotions you feel as you go throughout your day. Write down how you feel in a journal or doodle something that expresses your emotions. Stop and observe how you feel when you’re watching a show or listening to music. Try not to judge your feelings, just notice them.

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  • Happy: All About Feelings, Part 1| Brains On! Podcast

    Happy: All About Feelings, Part 1| Brains On! Podcast

    Have you ever wondered where your feelings come from? Your brain? Your body? Your heart? A bad grade on a test might make you feel sad or angry, but what actually happens in your brain and body when you get these feelings? In the first episode of this four-part podcast series, you’ll learn the science behind why you feel many people’s favorite emotion: happy! At the end of each episode in this series you can try a short meditation focusing on gratitude (things you are thankful for) to increase your feelings of happiness!

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  • Mind over Matter | Girl's Life Magazine

    Mind over Matter | Girl's Life Magazine

    Everyone feels stress and everyone has different ways of coping with it. One thing that works for many people is called mindfulness. It simply means paying attention to what you are experiencing and feeling as a way to check in with yourself. Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed by emotions, try one of the five activities suggested in this article by the author of Be Mindful & Stress Less: 50 Ways to Deal with Your (Crazy) Life.

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  • Shanti Generation

    Shanti Generation

    Sometimes the best thing you can do for your brain is to move your body! Yoga may seem like mysterious acrobatics but it's really just stretching and breathing, two things that can help calm you thoughts and emotions. The best part is you don’t need to leave your room to do yoga. Just play this video on your phone or computer and follow along. Yoga is best practiced in bare feet to make sure you don’t slip!

    Format: Streaming Video

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  • What Happens In Your Brain When You Make Art | NPR

    What Happens In Your Brain When You Make Art | NPR

    Making art is fun! But have you also noticed that it can help you feel better- more calm and focused, in-tune with your emotions, or just less stressed-out? There’s science to that! Learn what exactly is happening in your brain when you do art, from activating reward centers to lowering stress levels. After you read this article, do your brain a favor and try a new art activity, or go back to your tried-and-true favorite!

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  • Moments of Mindfulness| Epworth Healthcare

    Moments of Mindfulness| Epworth Healthcare

    Thought you knew how to breathe? Think again! In this short video, the Epworth Clinic will guide you through a breathing exercise to “relax your body, quiet your mind, and focus on the present.” And if you like this one, there are plenty more to try!

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  • It Takes Guts: Interview with Raina Telgemeier | Scholastic News

    It Takes Guts: Interview with Raina Telgemeier | Scholastic News

    Have you read "Smile"? "Sisters"? Raina Telglemeier writes graphic novels about real life and her latest book "Guts" is about what it was like when she noticed she felt worried all the time. Not just “I forgot to study for the quiz” worried, but really anxious around the clock! In this interview she talks about how she handled her anxiety and shares some simple exercises you can do when you feel a big worry. Make sure to watch the video of Raina and a slideshow of how she creates her comics. Activity: How do you manage stress or anxiety? Create your own cartoon that illustrates a technique for managing your emotions when you're feeling down.

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  • We All Have Mental Health | Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

    We All Have Mental Health | Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

    Did you know that being stressed and sad sometimes are part of having good mental health? Mental health includes feelings, thoughts, emotions, and mood, and is just as important as physical health. Just like with physical health, we need strategies to keep ourselves in shape. Learn about ways to cope with your perfectly healthy negative emotions, and also how to recognize when you, or your friends, might need the help of a trusted adult. After the video, try to think of a new strategy you could use to make yourself feel better the next time you feel stressed-out.

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