I think we all have experienced getting emotionally overwhelmed from time to time, and sometimes we act out. It’s not good for us or anyone else if we do that. So, what should we do? A deep dive into what triggers our emotional response is the first step. Some can do this alone and others may need professional help. We are not alone. There is always help.
Once the triggers are identified then set a plan to keep away from them, or more realistically, learn techniques to handle these emotional responses. Some of these techniques could be creating some space by walking away even for a few minutes. Try concentrating on breathing and being mindful of how the body is feeling. Sometimes petting or cuddling an animal can bring calm feelings. I’ve heard putting your hands in water and focusing on the feeling is very relaxing. And taking a walk and connecting to nature is a great way to clear the head. Find what works for you. And don’t forget to get enough sleep. The body so needs that rest and escape from the world.
That deep dive into the mind of why we get emotionally triggered is the most important step we can do for our self care. Don’t ignore negative feelings. They won’t go away without positive action. We all need a little help to live a balanced and happy life.
“Empty yourself of everything – let the mind become still.” ~ Lao Tzu