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have the same or similar effects on the body. It is also important to highlight that our body reacts to emotions and we can use this to recognise how we are feeling and become more aware of how this may affect the decisions we make (We will look at this in more detail in the following session). 10. Point out that the physical reactions of some strong emotions (anger, excitement, stress) can be used as warning signs that we are feeling a certain way. Knowing that this will affect the quality of the thoughts and decisions being made early strategies can be used to calm these emotions enabling better thoughts, decisions and behaviour. Learning Points: There are many different emotions. An Understanding of the physical effects emotions have on our body. The physical effects of emotions can be used as warning signs to activate strategies to calm a person down/ motivate self. Exercise 2.2: Emotional strength and reaction levels. Time: 25 minutes. Tutor notes: What’s it all about? Managing the strength of our emotions means that we are likely to perform better, whether this is at tasks or resolving difficult situations. There is a peak at which emotional performance or strength mean we perform at our best. However any 33
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further strength/arousal in our emotions then gets in the way and hinders decision making and reactions. What you need: Laminated A4 cards: Emotion ones 3+8 in orange 4-7 in green and 1, 2, 9, 10 in red Performance cards 1-4 in red 5-7 in orange 8-10 in green. 10 Red dots. Rope or string. Flip chart with bell curve on to display on wall. Floor plan and flip chart to be set out as follows: 9 1 0 Top Performance/ Good Decisions You are on your way to work / going to a job interview / out in town with your mates / at the pub (choose the most appropriate scenario for the group or individuals and the most suitable snippets of information below). a) You have been feeling really lonely and depressed since you split up with your girl/boy friend last week. You feel like everything is pointless. b) You have been smoking cannabis all day with your mates and now feeling very unmotivated and feeling like you can’t be bothered. c) You have had the results back on a test you took. You passed with flying colours and feel that you are doing really well at the moment. d) You’re in court tomorrow morning for a new offence, you have been told that you are likely to get custody. You’re freaked out as you’ve never been in custody before. e) You really enjoy what it is your going to do today and you are looking forward to it. f) You were drinking alcohol last night and are really tired; you have literally crawled out of bed and haven’t properly woken up yet. g) You had an early night last night, have just had a cigarette and a cup of coffee, you’re feeling awake.
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