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‘Inside Out 2’ is a Pixar sequel worth celebrating

ixar’s Inside Out introduced us to the core emotions inside an 11-year-old girl named Riley. We met Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), and Anger (Lewis Black). In Inside Out 2, Riley is experiencing puberty and a whole new crop of emotions have popped up. Most notably Anxiety (Maya Hawke) who has literally bottled up Riley’s original core emotions and sent them hurtling into the back of her mind, where they plot to get back and set things right.

Building Our Feelings Vocabulary

It can be hard for children to know and use the right words to describe their feelings to others. Building their feeling vocabulary can help them share what they are experiencing and seek the help they need (Snowden, 2018).
This worksheet includes a list of feeling words and example situations (modified from Snowden, 2018).

Fair Fighting Rules

There isn’t always a perfect answer to an argument. Life is too messy for that. Do your best to come to a compromise (this means some give and take from both sides). If you can’t come to a compromise, simply taking the time to understand your partner’s perspective can help soothe negative feelings.


Grief involves coping with loss, which can be triggered by events such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or losing a home, and common emotional symptoms include sadness, yearning, shock, anger, and guilt, while physical symptoms may include fatigue, nausea, headache, and weight changes. The grieving process is complex and varies from person to person, but some common responses include denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and eventual acceptance.

Reducing Self-Harm

Deliberate self-harm is a complex issue, and can be difficult for those affected to talk about or make sense of. While there are many different reasons and histories for why people who find themselves self-harming, many come to see it as a kind of ‘coping strategy’ or dealing with overwhelming or painful feelings. It is a difficult paradox that deliberately harming yourself is something that you do to try to help yourself with things that feel unmanageable ..


Helping children understand and express their grief can foster emotional resilience and a sense of security during difficult times. Honest and compassionate conversations about loss can guide children through their feelings, helping them navigate their grief with love and support.

Three Breathing Exercises

Practicing regular, mindful breathing can be calming and energizing and can even help with stress- related health problems ranging from panic attacks to digestive disorders.” Andrew Weil, M.D.
Since breathing is something we can control and regulate, it is a useful tool for achieving a relaxed and clear state of mind. I recommend three breathing exercises to…

VA Suicide Prevention Program Fact Sheet

Every Veteran suicide is a tragic outcome and regardless of the numbers or rates one Veteran suicide is too many. We feel the responsibility to continue to spread the word throughout VA that “Suicide Prevention is Everyone’s Business.” Although we understand why some Veterans may be at increased risk, we continue to investigate and take proactive steps. The ultimate goal is eliminating suicides among Veterans.