You’d think a soon to be 65 year old would be able to easily identify her range of emotions, but like anything, I’m a work in progress. During a discussion this week, I realized how limited I am in this category. I found these two comprehensive charts: one for positive emotions and the other for negative ones.
Acknowledging and naming an emotion is the first step. The second step is to take a deep breath and locate where the emotion resides in your body. Wow- isn’t that an eye-opener?
If you find yourself stuck thinking about the emotion (and the action that caused the emotion), rather then feeling it, try deeper breathing, tapping, meditation, or yoga– all techniques designed to help you engage with the emotion.
Finally, act in ways the move you beyond yourself. Talk to a friend. Take a walk. Get into the garden. Tap into that something larger than yourself that brings the feelings into acceptance and integration.