4 Tips for Building a Healthier Relationship with Your Emotions - Nick Wignall - Deepstash

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You And Your Emotions Are Friends

You And Your Emotions Are Friends

Most of us try to either escape our emotions, or try to fix them. The healthier way to manage difficult feelings is to change your relationship with them.

Instead of treating painful emotions as enemies to be avoided or eliminated, you can learn to treat them as friends to be understood and accepted.

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Name It to Tame It

Name It to Tame It

Most people have developed an unconscious habit of intellectualizing their emotions—using highly conceptual and vague language to talk about feelings rather than plain straightforward words.

When you acknowledge how you're feeling in plain, simple language, it helps reduce the intensity of the feeling and teaches your brain a valuable lesson: emotions aren't things to be hidden or covered up-they're a normal, if uncomfortable, part of the human experience.

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Just Because It Feels Bad Doesn’t Mean It Is Bad

Just Because It Feels Bad Doesn’t Mean It Is Bad

Pain is the messenger. Pain is your body’s way of signaling that there is something very wrong with your wrist that needs to be fixed as soon as possible.

Sadness is uncomfortable but not bad. It is a normal response to the loss of something valuable.

The next time you experience a difficult or painful emotion, try to remind yourself that just because it feels bad doesn’t mean it is bad.

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Be Curious, Not Judgmental

Be Curious, Not Judgmental

Replace your instinct to be judgmental about how you're feeling with the habit of being curious about it.

If you can cultivate a habit of cultivating a curious about difficult feelings, rather than judgmental, not only will those feelings subside more quickly, you will also be fostering a much kinder, gentler relationship with your own mind.

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Practice with Small Emotions

Practice with Small Emotions

  • You can't expect to become an expert at managing hugely painful emotions if you haven't practiced
  • The best way to practice is to start small and work your way up
  • Social anxiety is a skill like anything else, so practice on smaller, easier situations first

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