• KS Services, LLC

Do you ever find yourself regularly asking your partner, spouse, or even teen, "How are you?" and the response is the same. "Good." "Fine." "OK."

Or when you are asked the same questions, do you have difficulty offering a different response? It is no surprise that many adults and even more children struggle to identify their emotions.

This wheel of emotions, created by Robert Plutchik, is a useful tool to help not just you but also others understand what they are feeling. It offers a visual representation of primary emotions, displaying the varying nuances and complexities of different feelings.

Start at the center of the wheel at one of the seven primary emotions, and work your way towards the outside of the wheel to dig deeper into what you are feeling. Identification of your emotions will help you understand yourself better, put a name to, and come to terms with your emotions in many different contexts.

Identification of your emotions is one of the first steps in developing the ability to practice self-compsasion. Once we understand how we are feeling, we are better able to identify what we need in that moment. The same is true for practicing compassion with those around us. Once we undrstnad how our spouse, partner, or adolescent is feeling, we are better equpped to take care of those needs.

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Laura Waller, MS, of KS Services offers some helpful insights for parents and caregivers on how to improve student support at home for virtual learning with use of fidget toys. Listen to this quick, practical video for ideas on some easy, economical fidget toys that you can pickup at your local discount store.

To read more about the use of fidget toys to enhance concentration during the academic day, read more from Laura's most recent blog post by clicking here!

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With all that teens are facing during this unprecedented pandemic, teen mental health is now more important than ever. Teens are facing new stressors - remote learning, social isolation from peers, and increased anxiety.

Join Laura Waller, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, for this Wednesday wake-up where she discusses how to equip teens manage or reduce stress. Helping teens identify those things that are or are not within their locus of control can be the first step to helping them manage their emotional health.

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