Having had a fun-filled extended vacation with my lovely family and friends I found myself today facing rain for the first time in a long while. Gorgeous daughter 1 had made plans so I found myself with gorgeous daughter 2 and lovely friend at a little loose end so we trundled off to the cinema to see ‘Inside Out’
Having no idea about the content of the story I was transfixed by the message it was sending to our young minds. How enlightening to be taught not as a child but as an adult that ‘joy’ is whilst very important needs a balance with other emotions to be strong and understandable.
I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of wonderful young people and their families who contact me for many reasons in relation to the emotional well-being of their offspring. Whilst cases are complex and individual, it is a valuable life lesson to teach both the young minds and the older ones that life is not all about happiness. The the value of sadness and upset both enables our minds and bodies to make sense of our experiences, learning to
embrace and allow time and space for the feelings to surface and release is healthy and natural, energy released through tears and talking/drawing/expressing allows space for new internal acceptance. With this knowledge we are less likely to suppress unwanted emotions or blockages causing overload and sometimes other life stopping occurrences such as panic, obsessive compulsive tendencies, self-harming, addictions.
Young minds are supported through enabling their systems to have the opportunity for all emotions to be expressed at various opportunities, offering space for the emotion to evolve and through careful intervention guiding the young mind to understanding, acceptance and management; through this support the balance has the opportunity to develop and the internal emotional management system to grow.
Further reading can be found at:
Hey Sigmund – http://www.heysigmund.com
Young Minds – http://www.youngminds.org.uk
Elevating Childcare – https://www.facebook.com/janetlansburyElevatingChildCare?fref=ts