Think about a strong feeling you have experienced and write down the important parts following these guidelines:
The feeling that was experienced.
The cause of the feeling.
The reaction to the feeling.
Is it easy or difficult for you to identify your feelings? Why?
Can you easily identify the cause for your feelings? Why?
Was your reaction positive or negative? Explain.
Each group should discuss and fill out the Feelings Cards handout.
Which feelings are most difficult to respond to?
What happens when we react to strong negative feelings without thinking?
Is there more than one positive reaction to feelings? Why?
Feelings and Reactions:
Each group should brainstorm one of the powerful feelings given to them.
Record the different responses on the sheet provided.
Each group will give a brief outline of the responses given.
We will then look at similarities in the responses to the different feelings and draw any insights or conclusions.
Different people perceive situations in different ways.
Many situations cause powerful feelings.
These feelings create changes in the body.
Stress is a common response to feelings of fear, anger and frustration.
People can learn strategies to
cope with stress.
People react in different ways to stressful situations.
Some reactions are passive, some are assertive, and some are aggressive.
Complete the Reactions Handout.
Assertive reactions are healthy ways to manage stress.
Passive and aggressive responses may create additional stress.
Each person can develop assertive coping strategies.
Our reactions to stress and feelings, whether they be passive, assertive or aggressive tend to be influenced by many different factors. Some factors are more influential than others and can vary from individual to individual. These factors include:
Media (tv, movies, books, magazines)
Society, culture and religion
Upbringing, family values and education
Plus many other factors, including peer pressure
How behaviour is modeled through these different factors very often determines our own behaviour patterns and how we deal with feelings and stress.
Reactions and Stress:
The way we react and the feelings we have can have a negative or positive effect on us.
Stress is one of the BIG negatives, although there are positive sides to stress, and stress can have a big impact on our health, both mental and physical.
Read through the Handout on how different body systems react to stress. If you’re experiencing any of these, it may be time to start thinking of ways to de-stress your life!!!