Emotional Control

Emotional Control

Youth Outdoor Leadership Series

These activities should be completed in the presence of a parent or guardian.

It is good to experience emotions, but we can lose control of our emotions, whether they be good or bad.  If something happens when you are in front of a group, it is important to stay calm to think clearly. Emotions are contagious, so as leaders we need to be mindful of how our emotions are processed and perceived by others.

Intro Questions: Between a “thumbs up” to a “thumbs down,” how to you feel on this scale? What can you do to help you get to a “thumbs up?”

Activity: Complete this worksheet to learn about “green,” “yellow,” and “red” zones of emotional control.

Discussion: When in the yellow zone, how can you bring yourself back to the green zone? How can you go from the red zone to the green zone? Do you need to go for a walk or walk away for a minute? Ask friends and family to help you recognize when you are leaving the green zone.

Video: Watch this 7 minute video about a rock climber scaling one of the largest cliffs in the US. Think about the following questions:

  • How does Alex maintain his calmness throughout the climb?
  • What does he do in preparation to help him overcome his fear?