It’s important to learn to embrace and surf painful emotions. When we understand how to cope with negative emotions, we become more empowered, confident, and trusting of ourselves. Begin managing and accepting your feelings with these three steps.
Step 1: Mindfulness and Emotional Curiosity
The first step in managing your emotions is practicing mindfulness and exploring your emotional curiosity. Become more aware of your emotional state and how it connects to your thoughts and behaviors.
When you pause to accept that an emotion is present, you can begin to put a label on it. Does the negative emotion feel like anger, or is it fear? How does it make your body feel, and what are you thinking? Being mindful of your feelings and how they connect to your mental and physical state allows you to potentially shift your focus onto something more positive the next time similar feelings emerge.