Human emotions can be quite tricky when you think about them. Knowing a list of emotions can help, but they can be a confusing lot if you dont know how to handle them well. Emotions can even get out of hand, and can be scary. However, you cannot simply let them as they are; otherwise, they may go out of control. Here are a few steps on how to deal with your emotions:
1. Learn how to control your thoughts.
Thoughts precede emotions. Thus, if you learn how to control and keep your thoughts in check, it will be easier for you to control your emotions.
2. Decode your emotions.
Identify your types of emotions. Acknowledge and embrace them, but dont get overboard. Figure out what you are feeling and try to trace the reason why you are feeling it. As much as possible, avoid overthinking and being paranoid, because it adds to the confusion, causing you to feel unnecessary emotions.
3. Cope with your emotions.
Take action. Ask yourself what you can do to solve your situation. If you easily get upset, try to understand why it happens. Eventually, you will find a way to deal with this and you can either divert your attention when you see something that triggers this emotion.
You also need to learn how to process your emotions. Categorize the events that trigger certain emotions in you. What makes you happy, sad, or angry? You should also notice the physiological things that happen to you when you feel these emotions.
It helps to be aware of these emotions and triggers. List down the symptoms and try to label them appropriately. Whatever you are feeling, no emotion is bad or weird. It all depends on what you do with it.
Interpret your emotions. It is normal to say you dont know the cause of these emotions, but by identifying patterns, it is possible to deduce them. Evaluate your emotions. You have to choose whether to show them through your actions. Some reactions to these emotions arent acceptable as they may only escalate into more negative reactions and physiological manifestations.
Lastly, it helps to make a firm decision as to what to do with these emotions. You can deal with them if you are honest about what you feel and accept that some emotions, though they arent bad in themselves, have to be taken and shown with caution (e.g. anger). Dealing with your emotions will help you communicate and interact with people better.
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