As a parent to two young children I am aware of the difficulty they can sometimes face when it comes to expressing their emotions.
Working in the confidence and well-being arena, I am all-too-aware of the issues that this lack of ability to communicate can lead to, particularly as children start to navigate the pre-teen and adolescent years.
If you are not an expert on body language (and let’s face it, very few of us are!) and you happen to miss the often-subtle signs that something is wrong with your child, many emotional and psychological problems can go unnoticed, often leading to increased stress and anxiety in those we love.
Statistics show that more and more young people are suffering in silence, and with the increased pressure this current generation is feeling from school and social media, the crisis is reaching epidemic proportions.
I am the founder of a company called The Well-Being Series (www.wellbeingseries.com) which specialises in providing tools to help children and adults build positive self-esteem and a healthy self-belief system. I’ve often wondered how we could open up better channels of communication with those we care about in order to help them not only in their time of need, but longer-term.
A friend mentioned Moodbeam to me, and my curiosity piqued, I opened up the website and decided to get in touch with the founder, Christina. Discussing the idea together, and how Christina came up with it in the first place, got me thinking about all the ways such a simple idea can help so many people in such a profound way.
From a parent’s point of view, it is an invaluable communication facilitator, as it can open up a regular conversation with your child about how their day went and how they felt emotionally. Kids don’t always appreciate the question ‘how was your day’ but they love technology, and so looking at the results together is an exciting way to find out what the key moments of their day were. My boys LOVE the look of the Moodbeam as it looks like a space-age gadget that my older son says is ‘so cool!’. Even my self-proclaimed geek husband is impressed!
From a professional point of view, Moodbeam allows a longitudinal view of a family member’s or patient’s state of emotional well-being. What I love about Moodbeam is that it allows the wearer to look at their day, week or month in a big-picture kind of way, rather than as individual moments, and it is often surprising how many more happy moments were experienced than unhappy ones. This in turn has a powerful effect on the psyche as how we feel is often a matter of perspective.
The ‘happiest’ people are aware of their emotions but are not ruled by them. They use their emotions as an indicator of their current state of mind and they use this awareness to take control of their thoughts and actions. This state of mindfulness does not come naturally to most of us so having a simple tool within reach at all times can help the wearer to feel in control of their state of being and to take appropriate action based on the patterns they see throughout their day.
As a society we still have a long way to go when it comes to removing the stigma around mental health and to making discussing emotions as normal as discussing the weather (but much more interesting!). But I am noticing a fundamental shift in the right direction. People are seeking ways to improve their state of mental well-being, and with meditation on the rise, yoga becoming much more mainstream and apps and technology now a normal part of our everyday lives. Moodbeam is leading the way by encapsulating all that is good and necessary in terms of healthy conversations and packaging it up in such a fantastic way!
The ‘happiest’ people are aware of their emotions but are not ruled by them.