Managing emotions is hard but doable

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Often we believe that stress can be avoided, which is not entirely true. Similarly, your feelings cannot be avoided either. However, believe it or not, you can manage your emotions.

You will react to the things that take place in your life. You can and will respond to things in ways that might not be comfortable for you—it is only human that you have an emotional response. However, what you do with that emotional response is of vital importance.

Unfortunately, we must often respond to unfortunate, negative things that happen in our lives. We often find nonconstructive ways to address these stressors. This does not have to be the case if you do not want it to be.

The choices are yours, and you should make these decisions intending to provide the best possible outcomes for yourself. Therefore, it is necessary to understand how you can best manage your emotions. Here are three psychological management strategies that an individual can implement today to improve their life:

1) Talk it out

Find a place or a person where or with whom you can talk about your problems. Many people keep their emotions to themselves. We tend to hold on to our thoughts and feelings until we cannot hold on to them anymore. This internalized pressure has an impact on one’s physical and mental state.

You can get those thoughts out those through journaling, writing a blog, or speaking to a friend, counseling professional or spiritual leader. These are all good outlets for individuals to process their emotions.

2) Attend to basic needs

Prioritize your responsibilities and basic needs. When overwhelmed with emotions, you can miss your daily or not complete them in the best manner. This could in turn could lead to additional stressors or distorted thoughts for the individual.

Make sure to manage your responsibilities capably, even during times of high stress. You do not want to lose focus on your basic needs.

3) Avoid too many eggs in too many baskets

Many adverse emotional responses come from individuals being stretched in too many directions. A healthy balance between time and energy is essential.

Individuals often feel like they do not have enough time or enough energy to do the things they want to do. Sometimes someone has too many baskets, and reducing these demands on your time and energy could provide you with some relief.

Social-emotional intelligence

These are just three approaches to taking better care of yourself. It is essential to be able to manage your emotions and find ways to maintain balance in your life. Social and emotional intelligence is an approach to consider in taking the next steps to improve your experience today.

Social-emotional intelligence consists of four elements: social awareness, relationship management, self-awareness, and self-management. Focusing on these four areas will likely help you improve on your current experience. The important connection to understand here is that awareness is directly related to your ability to manage your emotions.

Emotional management is a crucial skill to have in life. If you are someone who wants to have better life outcomes, peace and healing, then emotional control is a skill that you must develop.

Being able to talk about your problems, handle your basic needs, maintain your responsibilities, balance your time and energy, all these are great strategies to give you more control and help you maintain an optimal life. Social-emotional intelligence is one of the critical skills sets you need to be sure your emotional management is serving your needs.

About Brandon Jones

Brandon Jones M.A. is a mental health practitioner. He welcomes reader responses to Brandon@jegnainstitute.com.

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