3 Steps to Deal with Uncomfortable Emotions
Emotional pain is an “attention getter.” Our anxieties, frustrations, irritabilities, anger, or sadness let us know what needs to change in our lives. Either we are to change something about ourselves or about a situation. When these uncomfortable emotions arise, the worse thing you can do is ignore them—they could create emotional or physical havoc later. Here are some tips for dealing with emotions.
- Change your thought patterns that are creating the emotions (anxiety, depression, frustration, anger, irritability, etc.). If you do not change the situations or thought patterns that are causing these uncomfortable emotions, you will continue to be triggered by them.
- Identify the triggering event. What had happened and what are your thoughts about what has happened.
- What could you change vs what can’t you change about the situation? Remember the Serenity Prayer. The things we cannot control we must accept. Accepting something does not mean agreement, it means recognize what JUST IS. We can change by: setting boundaries, communication, reducing stress, learning better coping strategies, self-care, prayer, trusting the Lord, etc.
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