Our emotions deeply effect our actions, even when we are not aware of them. When we feel jealous, angry or rejected we are likely dealing with whatever stressors we have by suppressing our emotions. On the other hand, when we constantly worry and pre-occupy ourselves to avoid our feelings, we are surviving in a dysfunctional manner leading to anxiety and depression.
With emotional regulation, we must know the difference between Avoiding and Admitting our true feelings. Avoiding leads to more unwanted actions. Admitting leads to more self-awareness and more fulfillment in life.
5 things to keep in mind when you take the brave steps to regulate your emotions:
1.Be mindful of current emotions.
2.Label your emotions.
3.Accept when things can’t change.
4.Recognize and Cope with stress in a positive way.
5.Accept that its ok to take a time out.
Emotional Regulation is all apart of Self-Care. Self-Care includes looking inward for happiness, validation and self-acceptance. Remember thoughts are not facts.