Did you know that the English language has more than 3,000 words for emotions?
People who are good at being specific about identifying and labeling their emotions are less likely to binge drink, be physically aggressive, or self-injure when distressed.
Most people don't think about what emotions they are dealing with, but taking time to really identify what you are feeling can help you to better cope with challenging situations.
Tips for Success:
- Talk it out - Find someone you trust that you can talk to about how you're feeling.
- Try journaling - Each night write down at least 3 feelings you had over the course of the day and what caused them.
- Don't ignore how you're feeling - When we try to push feelings aside without addressing them, they build strength and make us more likely to explode at some point in the future. It may not always be appropriate to process your emotions at the very moment you are feeling them, but try to do so as soon as you can.