Humans are emotional beings. We have strong sentiments, which is a good thing - until we let them overpower our cognitive resources. Emotions are extremely strong, which makes learning to manage them much more so.
Emotions are the most constant, urgent, and sometimes even unpleasant force in our existence. They lead us in our daily life. We take risks because we're excited about new opportunities. We cry because we have been wronged, and we make sacrifices because we love each other. Our emotions, without a doubt, have great influence over our logical and reasoning minds in dictating our ideas, intentions, and acts. However, when we react or act impulsively, we frequently take actions that we may subsequently regret.
If you learn to control your emotions, you may be able to extract more positive, helpful meanings from seemingly unpleasant situations. So, how can you avoid reacting and master your emotions even in the most difficult of circumstances?
Here are five things you can do to improve your mood control.
Acknowledge your feelings
Allow yourself to take a minute to digest what just happened rather than responding immediately, whether favorably or negatively. Humans experience a variety of emotions, both positive and negative. It is okay to feel those negative emotions as well from time to time if they rightly correspond to the situation. Do not force yourself to stop feeling what you feel. Try to acknowledge and accept it.
Pause & Evaluate
It's simple to say, "I'm furious because they injured me." Look more into it. Are you enraged because you believe they are correct? Are you upset by their behavior because they broke your trust?
Emotions are complicated, and they frequently overlap. It is important to understand what you are feeling before reacting so that your reaction is in proportion to the situation. If you do not understand your feelings, you might overreact.
Change your perspective
If your thoughts instantly turn to how you've been mistreated or how terrible things are, take a break. Concentrating on negative emotions will just make you more vulnerable to them, so try to concentrate on other things that make you feel good. It might be tough to find the positive side when things are terrible, but it is important not to concentrate on the negative. Distract yourself or try to become more neutral.
Make a mood journal
You can identify any disturbing behaviors by writing down (or typing out) your feelings and the response they generate. Mentally tracing your sentiments back through your thoughts isn't always required. Putting your thoughts on paper might help you think about them more thoroughly. It also helps in recognizing when specific situations, such as work problems or family problems, lead to complicated emotions. Identifying particular triggers allows you to come up with more effective strategies to deal with them.
If you already meditate, it may be one of your go-to strategies for dealing with strong emotions. Meditation can assist you in becoming more aware of all of your emotions and thoughts. When you meditate, you're training yourself to sit with your emotions, to observe them without judging or trying to modify or eliminate them.
Don’t Let Your Emotions Control You. It can get overwhelming and difficult at times. Take the first step in understanding your emotions through the HappiLIFE screening. or take help from the self-help content in our curated content library to learn emotional regulation strategies. You can also pour out your emotions in the confidential chat window with a psychologist using HappiBUDDY.