Five Proactive Ways To Deal With Emotional Responses

Emotions are an important part of being human.  We need emotions to survive, thrive and avoid danger. When experienced within context, all emotions, including so called negative emotions like anger, fear, sadness and anxiety are a normal part of who you are. Being very upset when there is cause for such an emotion, is acceptable and understandable and could serve to help you make the right decisions when necessary.

Emotions are psychological (what you perceive and think) and biological (what you feel). Your perceptions are influenced by memories which are often unconscious. Your brain responds to your perception of events by releasing hormones and chemicals which cause physical reactions in your body. The physical reactions prompt you to behave in accordance with the feelings you experience which could be a positive or negative emotion. (For example smiling or crying).

Intense emotional reactions could influence decision making, ruin relationships and trigger emotional eating, while prolonged feelings of anxiety or sadness can affect your quality of life. You have the power to control the degree and duration of the physical reactions you experience by controlling your thinking and breathing.

Five proactive ways to deal with emotional responses.

  • Acknowledge your feelings. Do not deny that you are feeling the way you do because the energy from suppressed emotions does not go away. Express and let go what you feel in a controlled way.
  • Remind yourself that all events (Good and bad) are short lived. This too will pass.
  • Take deep, slow breaths. It will help to slow down your thinking and will give you time to respond in a proactive way.
  • Pray for a positive outcome and trust that the outcome will be positive.
  • Use humour. If possible, try to picture the same event in a humorous context.

NB: If you are experiencing negative feelings of depression or anxiety which do not go away, seek the advice of a medical practitioner.

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The Author of this Article is Lorraine Le Roux Life Coach and Weight-Management Consultant. No part of this Article may be republished without written consent from the Author.

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