Emotions make our lives exciting, unique, and vibrant. Our feelings can tell us that we embrace life fully, and that we’re not repressing our natural reactions. Yet sometimes emotions can get the better of us and may cause a lasting impact on yourself or loved ones. Emotions that regularly get out of hand might lead to relationship or friendship conflict, difficulty relating to others, trouble at work or school, an urge to use substances to help manage your emotions and physical or emotional outbursts.
Here are some things to consider:
• Find some time to take stock of just how your uncontrolled emotions are affecting your day-to-day life. This will make it easier to identify problem areas (and track your success).
• Aim for regulation, not repression
You can’t control your emotions like a radio dial. But imagine, for a moment, that you can.
You wouldn’t want to leave them blasting at maximum volume all the time. You also wouldn’t want to switch them off entirely, either.
When learning to exercise control over emotions, make sure you aren’t just sweeping them under the rug. Healthy emotional expression involves finding some balance between overwhelming emotions and no emotions at all.
- Emotional Health