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Emotions

Emotions

Our emotions are an integral part of our lives.
They protect us by alerting us to danger. They add colour to our lives and help us find meaning to our existence.

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MORE IDEAS FROM 7 Tools That Will Help You Manage Emotions Effectively

We can't really control our feelings

But we can control our reactions to those feelings.

By increasing our awareness of emotions and their effects, and then focusing on our thoughts, we can learn to manage our emotional reactions effectively.

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  • The pause button. Create a habit of thoughtful action. Train yourself to take a moment to stop and think before you act or speak.
  • Volume control. Train yourself to recognise when your volume is starting to go up.
  • The tuning dial. As you'd change the film or change the channel, instead of focusing on what you're going to say next, tune in to the other person and listen carefully with the goal to truly understand them.
  • Mute. Hit the mute button if the other person is in a highly emotional state because sharing your point of view won't help at that moment.
  • Record. As you stay on mute, focus on mentally recording key points they're willing to share to help you learn more about their perspective.
  • Playback. Emotionally charged discussions are often rooted in deep-seated issues. Revisit the topic once both parties have had the time to cool down.
  • Fast forward. Think about the effects your actions will have in the long run.

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Pausing gives you time to stop and think before you act. Doing so can prevent you from doing things you'll later regret.

If you feel your emotions getting out of control, take a pause. If possible, go for a short walk. Once you calm down, return and decide how to move forward. 

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Take Up Knitting

Keeping your hands busy has been found by research to help keep the mind off of worries. Verbal distractions, such as counting out loud, had no benefit.

Keeping your hands and mind busy interferes with storing and encoding visual images, which explains why worry beads and knitting calm us down.

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Emotions

Emotions can play an important role in how we think and behave. The emotions we feel each day can compel us tot take action and influence the decisions we make about our lives.

there are three parts to an emotion:

  1. A subjective component (how you experience the emotion)
  2. A psycological component (how your bodies react to the emotion)
  3. An expressive component (how you behave in response to the emotion).

These different elements can play a role in the function and purpose of your emotional responses.

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