The month of October for Vida! Health and Wellness was all about emotional well-being and the significance of emotional health.

Individuals who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feeling, and behaviors. They are able to cope with life changes; and more importantly, keep problems in perspective and bounce back from major setbacks. Did you know that our emotional health is an important part of our overall health? When you are stressed, anxious, or upset, your body can be effected. Keep reading to find out what activities our Gasol Foundation families did in order to learn about handling stress, becoming aware of their feeling and emotions, and understanding how emotional health effects their nutrition, sleep and physical activity!  

The kids session began with an in-depth discussion of the 5 major emotions: joy, fear, disgust, anger and sadness. To make the session more relatable and fun, the animated movie “Inside Out” was discussed. The movie is about a young girl named Riley, who is uprooted from her life when her father starts a new job. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions-Joy, Fear, Disgust, Anger and Sadness. The “characters” or emotions, live at the “headquarters” located in Riley’s mind. They assist her as she navigates through life. The goal was for all the Vida! kids to realize that not only is experiencing different emotions a good thing, but positively expressing those emotions can be a good thing as well.

After this, the kids learned about stress management and engaged on a fun activity. Utilizing playdough, balloons and markers, they made their own personalized stress balls! They learned that by squeezing the ball, you can relieve stress and muscle tension.

For the physical activity portion of the session, the kids embarked on 2 games pertaining to the theme of emotional health. In the first game, the 5 emotions were written on signs and randomly placed outside. Different scenarios were read out loud and the kids had to run towards whichever emotion they would feel given that particular scenario. In the second game, the kids formed a circle and had to keep a bouncy ball in the air for as long as they could. Eventually, a second ball was added, then a third, and then a fourth! The goal was to see what emotions the kids would feel once the game became more and more challenging.

As you can see, the month of October was a blast! And learning about the topic of emotional health and well-being with kids and adults was quite informative to say the least. Join us next month as we tackle the topic of nutrition!