When you find yourself riding the wave of emotion, it’s important not to dismiss those feelings.
Feeling our emotions is an important part of life; it’s what we do with them that counts.
Emotions can be a lot like unruly children in need of attention.
Once we validate them, we allow them to be seen and have a voice.
When we validate our emotions, we become more aware and accepting of them, and we begin to understand where they come from.
As an empathetic person who feels things deeply, it took me many years to grasp the concept that all emotions stem from thought.
I didn’t realize that my negative self-talk was having a profound effect on my emotions and moods.
I had no idea that each negative thought was having an effect on how I viewed myself and my life.
The older and wiser me has learned to be more aware of my emotions and to check in with myself on several levels before allowing them to have the final say.
When I find myself experiencing strong emotions, I try to examine and break down the thoughts that preceded them.
Then I ask myself the question, 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙨 𝙗𝙖𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙤𝙣 𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙩𝙝, 𝙤𝙧 𝙢𝙮 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙘𝙚𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙩𝙝?
If we allow our emotions to dictate how we live our lives, it can negatively impact our health and relationships.
Be aware of your triggers, because awareness is power; it gives us the control to choose how we respond.
As you build awareness and learn to recognize your triggers, you will become more in tune if your emotions are serving you well or if you need to take control of them.
It’s important to remember that you are not your emotions—you have the ability to decide if they lead you or if you lead them.