How to develop a healthy relationship with your emotions
You are responsible for your own feelings and your feelings come from your thinking. Now, this doesn’t mean that you can tell yourself that everything is fine and your problems will disappear. But, it does mean that you have control of your feelings, just like we have control over the choices we make in our life. Starting the path to healthier thought patterns and owning your feelings can empower you, improve your moods, and can help you take control over your life.
Tips for success:
1. Let yourself “feel” emotions
It is important to allow yourself to feel and recognize the emotions you’re experiencing. It’s a part of establishing emotional well-being. When you try and suppress your emotions, it prevents you from fully understanding yourself. We all need to experience emotions.
2. Talk it out
Don’t be afraid to discuss your emotions with a friend, family member, or mental health professional. Talking about your feelings is not a sign of weakness. It is important and is a part of taking control of your wellbeing. Find someone you trust and can talk to about how you are feeling. You will find that people can be quite eager to share about experiences that may be similar to what you are going through, and this can be very helpful in helping you understand your feelings better.
3. Try journaling
Journaling has been proven to be very effective for not only people who have depressive symptoms, but many other mental health issues as well. Effective journaling can help you reach a wide range of goals and can help clear your head, and can help you clear your head, and make important connections between your feelings, thoughts and behaviors.
4. Visit with a mental health professional
Some feelings and emotions are hard to deal with on your own, and that is why mental health providers have been trained to help. If you are struggling with changes in your appetite, sleep, or are overwhelmed with sudden life changes, these are reasons you may want to seek counseling.
Take a checkup from the neck up with this screening tool by Mental Health America.