Feeling and Dealing
Have you ever wondered where your feelings come from? Whether you're feeling angry, happy or sad, it's because your brain is releasing chemicals that make you feel a certain way in response to a situation. Your body will react to these chemicals too. For example, you might start sweating if you feel nervous or cry if you feel sad.
Although we can't choose our feelings, we can learn to respond to them in a positive way. Talking about your emotions with a parent or trusted friend can help you feel better. You can also try writing in a journal if you aren't ready to talk to someone yet. For tips on talking about feelings, check out kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/thought/talk_feelings.html.
Many people find it helpful to take a few deep breaths when they are feeling angry or upset. This can help you calm down and think clearly instead of letting your emotions get the best of you. Learn more about how to manage your feelings at cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335
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