Emotional check-up – 5 ways to better manage your emotions

Whether you’re having a laugh with friends or getting frustrated in traffic on the way home from work, the emotional highs and lows we experience each day have a big impact on our overall well-being.

Some emotional responses are perfectly fine and appropriate to the situation. However, if you find that your emotions are over the top for the situation or you get enraged on a regular basis by things that you used to just shrug off, it might be time to get some help.

Here are few simple things you can do to help manage your emotions:

  1. Avoid your triggers – Do your best to avoid situations that trigger your frustration and anger. If running late makes you frustrated, make sure you allow yourself extra time. If there is an acquaintance or colleague who pushes your buttons and puts you into a bad mood, do your best to limit the time you have to spend with them.
  2. Take a more realistic approach – If you’re someone who aims for perfection, you probably find yourself feeling disappointed a lot of the time. Of course there is nothing wrong with challenging yourself, but if you are feeling constantly let down by your efforts, you might like to rethink your expectations. Set yourself a few smaller goals before aiming for the big milestone at the end.
  3. Focus more on you and less on everyone else – It’s human nature to compare ourselves to one another, but doing this can make you feel jealous and even embarrassed. Instead of comparing, try shifting your focus back to what you’re doing and channel that envy into a drive to improve yourself and your confidence too.
  4. Consciously regroup – While your heart beats faster and you feel an outburst coming on, make a conscious decision to stop, close your eyes, take deep breaths, and attempt to calm yourself. It sounds pretty simple but if you force yourself to stop and regroup, you’ll be amazed by the results.
  5. Change your thought process – Your emotional responses reside in your subconscious mind. This controls your emotions and is responsible for feeding your feelings to you at a conscious level. If you’re finding it difficult to consciously manage your emotions, you might consider hypnosis as a tool for reprogramming your responses. Through hypnosis you can access your subconscious mind and change your emotional response to any situation, circumstance, person or event.

 

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