Talking About Your Feelings
“I’m unhappy.”/”I’m unhappy about… (explain).”
“I am frustrated.”
“I am not feeling too well.”
“I’m (feeling) confused.”/”I am confused.”
“I’m hurt.”/”My feelings are hurt.”
“I’m (feeling) sad/blue/down.”
“I’m (feeling) angry (right now).”
Daisy just returned home from work and is talking about her work day with her daughter May.
Daisy: Could you help me in the kitchen May?
May: Yes. Sure.
Daisy: How was your day?
May: Well, it was really hectic and I was on my feet the entire time so I’m really tired right now.
Daisy: Usually you have a pretty easy going, more relaxed day.
May: Yes, usually. However, it’s that time of year again when we have a lot of shipments and we have to inventory so there is a lot going on. It can be really overwhelming.
Daisy: I understand. I sorry to hear that you didn’t have such a good day.
May: Thanks… Well, enough about me. How was your day?
Daisy: My boss just announced that they are going to be laying off people, because of the fact that we lost one of our major accounts. So everyone is panicking right now.
May: You seem pretty calm about the whole thing. But how are really feeling?
Daisy: I am worried about the fact that I could lose my job, but at the same time I don’t want to think the worse. What if I am one of the lucky ones, then all that worrying would have been for nothing. I just want to maintain a positive attitude. If I do lose my job then I’ll just find another one.
May: I am so sorry to hear that mom. I am sure everything will work out. You are a good employee.
Daisy: Thanks dear.
Talk to a friend or family member about your feelings using the sample dialog below.
You: How are you feeling?
Your friend: I am feeling ____________(adjective).
You: I am glad/happy to hear that./I am sorry to hear that.
Your friend: Thank you.
Switch place and practice until you are comfortable with the dialog.