Say, “It’s important to know that it is OK to feel how you are feeling. Everyone goes through lots of emotions every single day. It’s normal to feel sad, excited, angry, calm or nervous every day, even multiple times a day.”
Ask, “Can you think of one word to describe how you are feeling right now?”
Allow youth 10 seconds to think of a word that describes how they are feeling.
Say, “Now think of what that feeling would look like as weather.”
Invite youth to share a few examples.
Share an example of feelings represented by weather if youth are struggling.
Feeling excited could be represented by bright sunshine.
Feeling angry could be represented by a thunderstorm.
Feeling sad could be represented by rain.
Say, “Sometimes our emotions change throughout the day. We can go from feeling sad to excited, or worried to angry. When we’re feeling a strong emotion that is upsetting, we have the ability to change how we feel.”
Explain that youth will be giving a weather report on their emotions.
Give each young person a few seconds to think of their weather report by matching their current mood to weather, and the mood they’d like to have in the future to a different type of weather.
Say,“I’ll give the first weather report to get us started. ‘Hi! I am (insert your name) the meteorologist, and today’s weather is rainy. But tomorrow’s weather will be sunny!’”
Ask youth to share their names and their weather reports with the group.
Thank youth for sharing today.
Summarize by saying, “Talking about your emotions is a way to help your brain slow down and understand how you’re feeling. This is important and helpful to do, especially when you are feeling astrong emotion and choosing how to react.”
Facilitator Note: Follow up with any youth who are feeling dysregulated (mad, sad, scared, or worried) to ensure their emotional safety. Provide them with an empathetic listening ear and space to self-regulate.