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How to use The Mood Cards

There are many ways The Mood Cards can be used, most notably in personal parental and professional environments.

They can be used by anyone and everyone, are portable and can be used in a variety of settings. Use them with the youngest members of your family and the eldest to help and encourage communication. Use with friends and family for mental health, wellbeing and self-development. The cards help to expand emotional intelligence, aid memory, increase empathy, manage difficult emotions and improve relationships.

How to use the Mood Cards as individuals, couples or with friends:

Whether you are using the cards on your own, with a partner or friend, there are many ways to benefit. Couples find using the cards a great way to dive deeper into emotions and feelings which can be hugely beneficial for relationships.

If using on your own you can choose a card or two that resonates most with you in that moment or shuffle the pack and choose a card and work with whichever card you choose. There are always things to learn:

Hold the card in your hand and focus on the image and ask yourself:

  1. How do I feel when I hold this card
  2. Does it resonate with me right now, or perhaps in the past
  3. What is happening in my body, the physical response

Answer the 3 questions on the back of the card which are based on CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

Each question is a progression. The definitions, the explorations, the evidence, behaviours, other perspectives which will help you to see and learn more about your typical responses to situations and how to make subtle changes which will benefit you.

Read out the Affirmation at the bottom back of each card

If you like the affirmation, repeat so the positive words embed into the language you give yourself. It is like a rewriting of your script, the story you tell yourself, about yourself.

How Couples Use The Mood Cards

The Mood Cards can help couples understand each other’s feelings and thought processes, whilst at the same time getting a better understanding of how one relates to the other. It is important that each person chooses their own card to work with, rather than being directed towards working with certain cards by their partner

You need to work on your anger 

No I don’t 

Yes you do.

There’s nothing wrong with me GRRRRRR

The process of choosing the card can bring meaningful conversation into the room. It is useful to encourage each other to open up by asking the questions on the back and then practicing listening skills to build empathy. Communication is generally the No. 1 problem between people.

How parents use the Mood Cards to to reduce anxiety and build self-esteem in children

Teenagers and young children love choosing cards based on colours and faces and tend to enjoy looking through the pack. The simple faces and clear colours, appeal to children from a very young age. The questions help children to open up about themselves and their lives. During the COVID19 Lockdown children are using the cards as part of home schooling, writing stories around feelings which is helping to reduce anxiety and fear. The cards help children with emotional intelligence, language skills and communication.

How to use The Mood Cards in professional settings:

The cards are already been used in numerous professional settings:

  • psychology, counselling and therapy
  • coaching and NLP practices
  • primary and secondary schools
  • Special needs – autistic spectrum and learning disabilities
  • social services – youth, prisons, probation, adoption, fostering
  • homeless projects, domestic violence units
  • eating disorder services and addiction services
  • hospices
  • adult social care
  • Yoga and meditation groups
  • self-development workshops
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