We regularly ask you (via our fortnightly newsletter) to recommend stuff that you find helpful to have in your First Aid Kits for Feelings (books, movies, scents, playlists, activities, spaces, anything really). This page contains all of your past recommendations.
Now you might have a first aid kit at home, packed with plasters, paracetamol, bandages and so on. A First Aid Kit for Feelings works in exactly the same way. However, it’s packed with tools, tips and things that help you respond to emotions and symptoms.
The role of physical sensations and emotions is often dismissed, and we go to great lengths to suppress, ignore, numb, or disconnect to these feelings. But all feelings are information and there will come a time when ignoring them will start to negatively impact our work, relationships, and health.
We use something that allows people to recognise feelings — even when they are uncomfortable — and deal with them well. We call it ‘First Aid for Feelings’.
Are you familiar with the mnemonic ABC (Airway, Breathing, Circulation) for medical first aid? We adapted this to work for feelings so it’s ABC for Feelings, which stands for Awareness – Breathing & Body – Choice.
You can discover more about this technique and start taking advantage of it by signing up to the First Aid for Feelings course on Insight Timer. You can listen to Day one for free and without even creating an Insight Timer account, allowing you to see if this is something that could be helpful for you.
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In the meantime, you can discover some of the recommendations from previous weeks below. Click the ‘Read the newsletter’ button after each to discover more from that week’s newsletter:
18/12/2020 – Hannukkah candles
In a recent Mindful Monday Check-in one person talked about how it was helpful to light the Hanukkah candles. This simple action made him feel connected with his loved ones, even though he is not able to be with them during Hanukkah.
01/12/2020 – My Octopus Teacher on Netflix.
A beautiful documentary about a man who’s lost his zest for life and is struggling to connect with himself, his loved ones and his job. It’s nourishing, inspiring and a powerful reminder of what it means to actually live.
If you don’t have Netflix, check out this trailer on YouTube, which has interviews with the filmmaker to give you a real sense of this magic.
15/11/2020 – The book Poetry pharmacy by William Sieghart.
Reading poetry to help you explore perspectives, insights and knowledge.
01/11/2020 – The TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Lighthearted TV series can give that regular escapist relief over a few weeks.
A heady, hilarious and helpful mix of sci-fi, feminism and surreal plot lines, Buffy, has for many, been a helpful 45 minute dose of First Aid for Feelings.
22/10/2020 – The song Do the right thing from the movie Frozen 2.
Sometimes we need to connect with the child-like mythology of animation and musicals.
When things feel overwhelming and we struggle to see the point, that’s a helpful message to bear in mind.
07/10/2020 – The movie Finding Joe
It’s been recommended as an inspirational way of seeing the challenges and suffering we experience as dragons to be slayed and finding meaning.
It’s a docudrama about the Hero’s Journey and Joe Campbell, the anthropologist who discovered the journey and quest we’re all on.
16/09/2020 – A Spotify playlist featuring a mix of jazz music and conversation.
It’s been recommended because of its low soft beats that supports feelings of worries easing.