Emotions impact everything that happens in our lives. Becoming aware of how emotions impact our learning, decisions, relationships, and general well-being is important to our overall functioning. 

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Staff Reflections

After viewing the video, find relevance and meaning by making connections between the video and your OST experience by reflecting. Feel free to respond to the prompts below by writing in a journal, sharing in small/large groups, or taking a moment to sit with your own thoughts. Use the approach that fits best in your setting. 

Prompt 1

What ideas about or attitudes toward emotions might you have picked up in your childhood? Were emotions discussed? Were some emotions okay to express while others weren’t? 

Prompt 2

Think about the youth in your program. How might their emotions impact the following areas:

  • Attention, memory, and learning
  • Decision making
  • Relationships
  • Physical and mental health/wellness
  • Creativity or creative problem solving?

Staff Activities

After viewing the video, engage staff in activities to practice and explore key RULER concepts. Click the thumbnails below to download the activities and tip sheet.

How Do Emotions Impact Us?

A Day in the Life

Emotions Matter Tip Sheet

Youth Activities

How Do Our Emotions Impact Us?

Elementary School

High School

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