Emotion Management

Emotional Processing

Ever feel your emotions bubbling over into every aspect of your day? Sometimes this can be fantastic as you ride the high of a new job or engagement, but at other times when this happens it can be painful, distracting, exhausting and down right frustrating for yourself and all those around. So what do you do if you find yourself on the wrong side of the tracks?

Here are a few ideas:

1. Take a few deep breaths - deep breaths help to open the lungs and take in more oxygen, which releases more waste and calms the nervous system.

2. Ask yourself what the emotion is, where it is coming from, and why it is effecting you so much. Knowledge is power. Sometimes we find that how we are feeling in one situation really belongs to another situation or has roots in something else.  Let yourself really feel, experience and understand the emotion.

3. Ask yourself if there is anything you can do about the emotion or situation at that moment. If you can positively influence the situation, go for it. If not, then acknowledge the future steps you can make, what you could have done differently from the past and tell yourself how you would like to feel in that moment.

4. Do something to make you smile and laugh. These two responses of the body help to boost immune function and fluid flow, helping to flush out the negative cascade of neurotransmitters from the emotion evoking event.  With this flush, the laughter creates a flood of health boosting chemicals including endorphins and serotonin.