No matter whatever we do in life, our emotions affect our reactions and our decision most of the time.
We always treasure our feelings- the pleasure of a mother’s touch, the joy of going on a vacation, or the fun with friends. Even negative emotions are important, such as the sadness, the anger, the fear that overcomes us in an unexpected or an unknown situation, or the guilt or shame toward someone.
The ability to realize, willingly accept, and successfully control feelings in oneself (and at times others) is known as the emotion management.
Why is managing emotions important?
Emotions can play an important role in how we think and behave. The emotions we feel each day can compel us to take action and influence the decisions we make about our lives, both large and small.
Emotions can be temporary, such as annoyance at a co-worker, or long-lasting, such as sadness of loosing someone.
Many of us seek to experience the feelings of satisfaction, joy or pride when we accomplish something. At the same time, we also work very hard to avoid strong negative feelings.
Our emotions greatly influence our decision. Even in situations where we believe our decisions are guided purely by logic and rationality, emotions play a key role.
Emotions Influence Thoughts
Emotions are also connected to thoughts and memories. Thus, emotions serve as the link that connects the facts in our minds. That is why it is easier to remember happy thoughts when happy, and angry times when angry.
Emotions influence our thinking processes either constructively, or not. It is difficult to think critically and clearly when we feel intense emotions, but easier when we are not overwhelmed with emotions.
Emotions allow us to understand each other
Being able to interpret and react to the emotions of others is essential. It allows us to respond appropriately and build deeper and more meaningful relationships with our friends, family, and loved ones.
We can interpret these emotions through body language, such as various facial expressions connected with the particular emotions they are experiencing.
Here are some ways by which you can control and manage emotions.
- Accepting your emotion
You can manage your emotion only when you know what you are dealing with. Acceptance is very important, it helps you to realize, give you a site and motivate you to cope with overwhelming emotions.
Nobody knows your emotions and feelings better than yourself and in order to understand it, you need to ask yourself “WHY?”. Why am I feeling this way? Is it due to some recent event or any past event?
- Give yourself some time
In order to understand your emotion better you need to introspect. Spend some time with yourself, meditate, think – is it right to feel this way?
Try to re-frame your thoughts and think more positively.
- Write it down
Noting things down helps you to release your emotions, it’s a way to express yourself. A diary or journal can help. Moreover, if you’ll not release your emotions it will start reflecting in your body by giving you physical pains and aches.
Thus, noting daily events can help you manage your emotions and feelings about things, about people around you and about events that you like or dislike.
- Go outside
Everyone needs a break! At times the events around you are so overpowering and overwhelming that you need to step out. Go for a walk or go for a vacation. Spend some time with yourself and your loved ones (family, friends or pets).
- Stay connected
When you are feeling low or overwhelmed, spending time with your loved ones boosts your mood. A little chit-chat, a loud laughter refreshes you and you are able to manage your emotions better.
Moreover, when you share your problem with someone, consider it to be half solved as sharing broadens your site about the event and helps you to deal with your emotion in a better way.
- Make choices
Make healthy choices, follow a routine. Take care of yourself- have a good sleep, exercise regularly, eat healthy food (include some cheat days), re-indulge in long lost hobbies or develop new ones. All this will boost up you mood, positively charge your emotions and feelings and help you to feel confident.
- Look for a brighter side
Life is a rollercoaster, there are ups and downs. Nothing is persistent in this world, no time is the same. Whenever you feel over powered with negative emotions and thoughts, you should know that this time will also pass and the brighter days are standing ahead.
You should replace negative thoughts with positivism, it will help you to manage your emotions and take better decisions.