Feelings can sometimes be confusing and hard to understand. With this journaling activity, it can help with an understanding of different feelings, along with reflecting them. This is best for school-agers and younger adolescents. Grab a pencil and paper, and let’s get writing!
3.) Markers ( *optional* )
The first thing that I did was to get all the supplies that I needed.
For this activity, all you need is a pen or pencil, some paper, and markers ( if you want! ).
I chose to include markers because I wanted there to be color.
Next, start writing! At the top of my paper, I wrote, “Learning about Feelings.”
With this journal reflection, there are going to be three parts.
You can do each part or pick and choose which parts you would like to do.
Make sure that you are in a comfortable place to write.
For me, that is my desk, but it can be wherever you write or think best!
The first part of our journal reflection is drawing different faces on the paper. These faces should be expressing different emotions with their faces, like frowning, smiling, etc. Next, write down what emotion that face is feeling. Some emotions you can write down are “happy”, “sad”, or “surprised.” The next step will show you which name matches the face.
For the start of the second part of the journal reflection, write about a time where you felt those emotions ( happy, sad, surprised ). Reflect on why you felt that feeling, what your body felt like when you were feeling that emotion, etc. I only wrote a little bit about each, but you can write as much as you want!
Then I wrote some follow-up questions about feelings.
Why do you think we feel certain emotions? What was the best day you had?
How did it make you feel?
You don’t have to answer these questions, but they can help with understanding what feelings are and how we feel certain emotions
By naming our emotions and talking about them, emotions become less confusing and easier to understand. Feel free to complete this journal reflection whenever you would like to or when you experience an emotion that you have a hard time understanding.