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3 Effective Strategies for Managing Challenging Emotions

3 Effective Strategies for Managing Challenging Emotions

While challenging emotions are never fun to deal with, managing them in a healthy way can...

While challenging emotions are never fun to deal with, managing them in a healthy way can lead to profound personal growth. The way you deal with difficult emotions can set the tone for your recovery.

There are several strategies you can employ when it comes to managing difficult emotions. 

Learn to Surf the Wave of Emotions

First, learning to surf the wave of emotions is an excellent place to start. It refers to using your painful emotional experiences to your advantage.

Surf the wave is a concept sometimes explored during therapy. It can help you accept and understand emotional triggers. Through this process, you learn to see emotional experiences as they are without trying to change or control them. 

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Don't Avoid Your Emotions

Second, you must not avoid complicated feelings. They won't last forever. 

Powerful emotions like sadness, anger, fear, and grief are telling you something. What is at the heart of these emotions, and what can you learn from them? Are you in a toxic situation? Are you sad because you're lonely? What is making you so angry? Understanding the reason behind your uncomfortable emotions may be the key to managing them effectively.

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Learn From Strong Emotions

When you have physical pain, you try to understand it. Emotional pain is no different. It has a source that you need to identify. The source can provide you with useful information that can be used to grow and improve yourself.

Both positive and negative emotions provide us with information about the people and world around us. Use that information to empower yourself to make better decisions and change your life in a positive way. 

This article has been medically reviewed by
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Erin Hillers
Nurse Practitioner

Erin is a Nurse Practitioner with 8 years of experience in midwifery and women's health. She has spent the past 5 years specializing in the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders.

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