The Emotional Check In Exercise
Emotional Check In is a guided exercise that uses metaphors to encourage reflection and communication about our feelings.
Begin by inviting your group to get comfortable in your space. Gather your group to sit in a circle, find a space on the floor.
Announce that you will soon lead them through a brief exercise to help them check in with how they are feeling. Facilitate the exercise step by step as guided by the script.
This is a suggested script you can follow and adapt as required:
- Once you are seated comfortably, take these next few seconds to relax.
- When you feel comfortable and are ready to start, take a deep breath in.
- You may close your eyes if you wish.
- Now, exhale slowly through your mouth.
- Notice any tension you may be feeling. Where is this tension located?
- Make note of how you are feeling. Ask yourself, “How am I feeling at this moment”?
- Do you feel positive emotions or negative ones? Maybe a mix of both?
- Now, how do you wish to feel? Do you want to improve your mood, or are you happy with how you are currently feeling?
- What do you think is causing you to feel these emotions?
- What can you do to change your emotions and support yourself at this time?
- Take some time to reflect.
- When you’re ready, I invite you to slowly open your eyes and come back to the
Conclude by gently inviting your group back and invite your group to reflect on their experience.
Moment of Reflection
- We’ll take some time to share how we feel.
- How did you feel about sharing your emotions with the rest of the group? Do you feel more connected with everyone?
- What stuck out to you the most about this activity?
- What was most surprising?
- Did this activity help you communicate your emotions?
- Could you see yourself implementing this activity into your daily life?
- What did you enjoy the most about this activity? What did you enjoy the least?
- What were some of your thoughts before, during, and after the activity?