I recently came across a really helpful mantra for managing intense, overwhelming emotions. In its simplest form, the mantra is:
1. Notice what you’re feeling when emotions are stirred. Don’t ignore what is happening inside your head and body. Don’t deny, or suppress, or trivialize your feelings. They are wanting your attention. They deserve to be acknowledged. They deserve to be seen. To be taken seriously.
You can do this by giving the emotion a name: “This is sorrow. This is sadness. This is anger. This is shame.”
2. Next, accept it’s your emotion. It’s your own personal reaction. The feeling is still yours, even if it has been triggered by a person, or a place, or an object, or a memory.
Also, remember there are no good or bad emotions. Our emotions simple are. There is nothing wrong…
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