Week 1 – Our 3 Brains
Sitting on top of our spinal cord is the oldest, most primitive part, the Reptile brain, driven by self-seeking, survival-based motivation. Its job is to keep us alive and to reproduce. It is where our actions take place
Sitting just above it is our Emotional brain, the Limbic system concerned with nurturing and social functioning and all the behaviours that make that possible, including how you feel.
Wrapped around them both is your Thinking, cortex, brain, where all your decisions, thoughts and ideas take place.
We understand how our brains create the thoughts that affect our feelings that produce our actions
Week 2 – Feelings
Emotions are very useful because they influence the way we behave. If we are afraid, we try and get away from the danger. If we feel happy we relax. While our ancestors relied on their emotions to help them stay alive, today we can use emotions to help us manage and plan our lives.
Learning to recognise our emotions and more importantly learning to manage the resulting feelings is very important. It’s called ‘emotional intelligence’ and it helps us to build relationships, resolve arguments and move on from past difficult feelings and therefore succeed and be happy in life.
Week 3 – Label that Feeling
Almost any type of “Physical” (in your body) or “Emotional” (in your heart or head) feeling that you may have can fall into one of these 3 categories.
Slow and Tired, Fast and Emotional, Fast and Wiggly. When you are calm, you feel ‘Just Right’. Being ‘just right’ is peaceful. Your breathing is slow and even. You feel happy. You don’t feel angry. You don’t feel tired or too wriggly. We learn some amazing body breaks, strategies and tools to help us and begin to recognise each feeling and how to get to ‘Just Right’.
Week 4 – Joy
To have a greater understanding of the emotion: Joy. How do our bodies feel? How does joy affect our behaviour? What sort of character would our “Joy” be?
Week 5 – Sadness
To have a greater understanding of the emotion: Sadness. How do our bodies feel? How does it affect our behavior? What sort of character would our “Sadness” be?
Week 6 – Anger
To have a greater understanding of the emotion: Anger. How do our bodies feel? How does it affect our behavior? What sort of character would our “Anger” be?
Week 7 – Disgust
To have a greater understanding of the emotion: Disgust. How do our bodies feel? How does it affect our behavior? What sort of character would our “Disgust” be?
Week 8 – Fear
To have a greater understanding of the emotion: Fear. How do our bodies feel? How does it affect our behavior? What sort of character would our “Fear” be?
Week 9 – Thoughts Feelings Actions
The way in which we think affects how we feel. Our thoughts will result in many different feelings. Positive or nice thoughts produce pleasant feelings. “Although we lost I played really well.” may make you feel happy”. Negative thoughts often produce unpleasant feelings, “We lost again – we will never win!” may make you feel angry or sad.
Many of these feelings will not be strong and will not last for very long, you may not even really notice them. At other times these unpleasant feelings take over, they become very strong and seem to last, having an effect on what we do.
Some people worry so much that they can get struck into a pattern of thinking about all the things that can go wrong in a situation. We discuss ‘playdough vs rock’ worries and create a traffic light strategy.
Week 10 – Fixed & Growth Mindset
It is not intelligence and talent that creates success in a life but whether a person has a growth or fixed mindset.
It is important to feel secure in knowing that it is okay to feel and express anger, sadness and fear etc. with the knowledge that we have some control over how we feel and the importance of sharing with others that feeling.
We compare the difference between a Fixed & Growth Mindset and find ways to create more positive thinking.
Week 11 – Celebrate our Emotions