Ever faced a situation where you spilled words from your mouth that made you regret them later? Or behaved in a rowdy manner at the traffic intersection when it could have been avoided? Or merely send your teenager on a guilt trip due to your own toxic issues at the workplace. With emotions hovering every second, humans are challenged to exhibit their behaviour and feelings appropriately.
According to Psychology Today, emotions, along with personality development play a vital role in how we set the pace for relationships. The six main types of emotions are happiness, disgust, fear, sadness, surprise and anger. However, how one expresses these emotions vary from person to person. Various factors like environment also contribute to defining this expression.
Following are some of the ways how one can be a master of one’s emotional well-being:
Understand your emotions
You should have a clear understanding of what triggers your emotion. Is it a specific person, place or memory associated with your emotions and behaviour? Recognition is the key before sorting out ways to handle it.
You come first
Invest in self-care. Being on the right track and kicking out the negativity from your life will help you to be focused and positively channel your emotions. An example can include meditation, having a strong support group or having me time at a nearby café.
Gauge your past success
Recall a time when you were on a similar rollercoaster of emotions and that one thing you did that you confidently overcame. That was your success. Don’t be afraid to repeat it to be successful this time too! Rehearsing is also a great technique to handle your emotions.
Apply 90-second rule
- Firstly, Feel your emotions and accept them. No need to run away from them.
- Secondly, wait for complete 90 seconds. Here your focus should be on being attentive while breathing.
- Lastly, Pay undivided attention to the message of that specific emotional information. Now you can be comfortable bringing yourself back to the present moment.
Keeping a mood journal is very helpful. This includes jotting down the triggers and reactions. This data will help you analyze a successful strategy.
Learn when it’s okay to express yourself
Understand some situations require restraint while others ask for expression. Use your wisdom to understand the difference and then act upon it.
Rely on your therapist
Don’t underestimate the professional help. The therapist will help you to identify factors leading to dysregulated emotions and advice you on how to handle mood swings. This may require several visits and exercises, but it’s all worth it.
The rule of the game is to manage your emotions and not repress them. The healthy emotional expression means striking a balance between the two extremes of overwhelming emotions and being emotionless. If you need further help, don’t hesitate to contact us.
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