Effective Ways to Gain Emotional Control
By Genevieve Cunningham
Controlling our emotions is not easy. Everywhere we turn, we see people with emotions that are completely out of control. Temper tantrums, crying outbursts, displays of anger. But the truth is that controlling our emotions is vital for being successful and happy. So where do we begin? If you need a little help keeping your emotions under control, take a look at these three ways to manage emotions and improve your life starting now.
Get a New Perspective
Sometimes all we need is a new perspective. We can gain a new perspective by seeing a therapist, spending time with new people, or participating in a service activity. This allows us to see -- in many cases -- that our problems aren't as bad as we originally thought. Once we realize that our problems are relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, we can handle those emotions more easily and enjoy life as it comes.
Find a Soothing Habit
When emotions are high, sometimes we need an outlet. We need to do something with our hands. If you play an instrument, try practicing until the high emotions pass. You could also try focusing on riddles, word searches, or crossword puzzles. In recent years, psychologists have suggested adult coloring books to soothe nerves. There are endless things to choose from. Find an activity that can engage your senses and distract you from the emotions, and you may be able to let them pass without incident.
Get to Know Your Triggers
Everyone has triggers. Certain things make us mad. Certain things agitate us. Certain things make us feel down. If we can understand these triggers, we can avoid them. And if we avoid our triggers, we may be able to keep our emotions more stable. Write down when your emotions feel out of control. Pay attention. It might take some time to pinpoint each trigger, but the effects -- more emotional control -- will definitely be worth it.
Controlling our emotions is hard. We're taught a little bit as we grow up, but considering most adults still have a hard time with emotional control, it's not surprising that it's an issue that can last a lifetime. Use these techniques to get your emotions stable in a pinch, and you can live a happier, more productive life moving forward.
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