You may wonder about your emotional health. Is it the best that it can be? Understanding your emotions can be a great factor to helping you not live by emotions.
1. What are emotions?
According to Howstuffworks, emotions are a set of predictable responses such as anger, fear, surprise, disgust, joy, and sadness. Paul Eckman, a 1970 anthropologist called them basic emotions. I am sure that at some time in your life you have felt one or more of these emotions. I used to think, “What would it be like to experience nothing but pure joy all of the time?” I do know that it is good to be aware of what you are feeling and not to confuse feelings with facts or logic.
2. Do You Overreact?
Have there been occasions when you overreacted because of your feelings? Do you react because of your emotions? Possibly you have assumed the worst about people? Huffingtonpost.com talks about how negative emotions such as rage or envy, once triggered, can grow like weeds slowly and eventually dominate daily life. In addition, they suggest not reacting right away because you may say some things that you will regret. Instead, breathe deeply for five minutes to calm yourself. Have you ever said things that you regret? I know that I have. Words, once they are said cannot be taken back.
3. Negative Emotions
What do you do when you feel negative emotions? Do you act or speak negatively? A couple of ways to deal with negative emotions is to relax with reading, exercise, and letting go of the past. These are ways suggested by betterhealth.com. Personally, walking helps me a lot.
Have you ever stopped to notice how your body reacts when you are angry? According to WebMd., anger that is not appropriately expressed can cause problems in relationships. They further suggest keeping a log of when you feel angry, if you have trouble realizing when you are having angry thoughts. In addition, try putting yourself in anther’s place, and practicing good listening skills. I know that many times when you are angry, you may be so vigilant in getting your point across that you fail to listen. I have have been guilty of this also.
5. Positive Thinking
Did you know that positive thinking reduces stress? According to Mayo-clinic positive thinking can increase your life span, reduce risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and will better your coping skills during hardships. In addition, they talk about positive thinking starting with self-talk. I know that sometimes I can be my worst enemy with negative thinking. Also, I learned that replacing negative emotions with positive words is very helpful. I also have found that reading the word of God “my bible” helps me to renew my mind and eventually the negative emotion is a thing of the past. I have a girlfriend that has been very inspirational for me. She once told me that when she felt the worse, she would make sure that she dressed her best and that would help her to feel better. I have tried that also and it does work.
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