Do you want to get insight into your emotional state?
Learn to label your emotions!
What Are Emotions?
Emotions are how you feel and react to things that happen around you.
Emotions are experienced deep in the brain in two main areas:
How Do I Know I Am Experiencing An Emotion?
Recall the last time you felt a "big" emotion, maybe after a fight with a friend. Did you notice changes in your body?
Changes in heart rate
Changes in your facial expression
Your body feels alert and engaged
How Does Labelling Emotions Help Me?
In so many ways...
Activates the readiness attention in your brain, so you can better focus on your goals
Helps you to thrive effectively
Helps you regulate and organize the primitive and emotional parts of your brain
Reveal Your BEST SELF
Labelling your emotions helps you with emotional agility.
Rather than allowing your thoughts and emotions to drive you in a negative way, labelling them encourages you to deal with emotions in a way that reveals your best self.
Peter is angry that his roommate left a mess in the bathroom. Rather than allow his anger and frustration to boil over, he calmly speaks to his roommate about the problem. This is an example of:
Get Ready To Label Your Emotions!
Set a notification on your phone to 'check-in' with your emotions.
What you need:
Your phone (with a notes app); OR
3 questions to ask yourself:
How am I feeling? or What emotion am I feeling?
How do I know am feeling this way?
WHY am I feeling this way?
Tips & Tricks for labelling emotions:
Use Emojis! Choose an emoji that expresses how you feel & write 1 word to describe the feeling.
Use a Feelings Wheel to help you describe the emotion.
Now, it is your turn!
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