Emotional Overload: 10 Ways to Control Your Emotions When Life Feels Uncontrollable
“You’re so emotional!”
If you’ve been on the receiving end of this phrase, then chances are you understand what emotions can do to a person. One of the many reasons why humans are unique is that we’re actually aware of our emotions, yet we can’t help but feel them.
As it turns out, our emotional and physical health are intrinsically linked. Any disruption of this equilibrium inevitably leads to a negative state of mind. Here are the 10 ways to remedy this imbalance and keep you in good mental health.
10. Apply a Different Perspective
The manner in which you choose to approach a situation is important; it speaks volumes about how the situation could be resolved. People who view situations with an optimistic perspective have a tendency to create more efficient solutions to the problems that cause them emotional distress.
9. Develop a Tolerance for Adversity
The key to accepting bad situations isn’t acceptance at all — it’s actually tolerance. Tolerance is defined as the ability to respect the existence of something, especially if it’s something negatively viewed.
The key to tolerance comes from perspective. If you are able to analyze something from different perspectives, then it’s likely that you’ll find a perspective that allows you to tolerate the problem without letting it affect you emotionally.
8. Master the Art of Patience
Patience is, in fact, a virtue. It’s something that’s not natural, but actually a learned trait. Whether it’s the case of a child who must learn to wait for a reward, or the case of an adult who must wait in line for a job application, we have to remain patient.
Patience is a demonstration of restraint, the mental state that allows you to control yourself and your actions. Patience is a difficult skill to master. However, if it is mastered, it will give you greater control over your impulses
7. Learn to Eat Healthily
Healthy eating isn’t a psychological remedy for emotion turmoil. However, it’s one of the more direct solutions to the problem. Healthy eating not only helps the body directly, but it also allows you to reinforce the idea that you’re in control of your body rather than being at the mercy of your impulses and emotions.
6. Start an Exercise Routine
Exercise is another direct action you can take. Thankfully, it’s one of the most immediate ways to rectify emotional turmoil.
Once you start exercising, your body slowly begins to release endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals which interact with the brain to reduce the experience of pain. The endorphins also have another effect; the triggering of euphoria.
Euphoria is defined as a state of intense happiness. Regular periods of exercise are necessary to maintain a positive perspective on life.
5. Have Faith in Yourself
This reference to faith doesn’t refer to a religious context. Faith is simply defined as unwavering confidence and belief in oneself. Faith is an integral component of self-confidence, and is necessary to purge doubts and fears which are buried deep in the mind.
If you want to free yourself from the strain of negative emotions, you need to recognize that true mental strength comes from within. Having faith in yourself and digging down deep into your mind allows you to hold onto your own personal reserve of inner strength.
4. Show Empathy Towards Others
Whenever you’re feeling crushed by myriad problems and worries, it’s important to recognize that you’re not alone. Somewhere in the world, there is a good chance that someone is going through the same emotional pain that you are. Understanding this fact is the basis of empathy — the ability to understand and share the feelings of others.
Once you understand that your mental battle is shared, you’ll realize that it’s more of a collective battle. We’re all sharing the same fight against ourselves, but that doesn’t mean we have to fight it alone.
3. Experience a Moment of Clarity
Sometimes problems which distress us become so emotionally damaging to the point that we deny their existence. If the pain is too great, our minds will even begin repressing certain memories.
An important step towards reconciling your emotions involves recognizing that the pain does in fact exist. You can’t always run from your problems or bury them away somewhere you can’t acknowledge them. Once you accept that the problem exists, you can take steps towards solving it. As the adage goes, you were blind but now you see.
2. Find Your Inner Courage
Once you have found the source of emotional pain, a certain degree of mental fortitude is required to tackle the issue. This idea is known as courage.
According to World Language Process, courage “transforms fear into determination.” Contrary to popular belief, rushing head-first into danger isn’t courage or bravery.
The meek can still show strength of the highest caliber, for courage is the ability to face adversity, whatever it may be.
You don’t have to be the strongest or smartest person. You just have to be willing to face the problem.
We all have problems. There’s not a single person in the world without problems to face. However, there’s one thing that helps people deal with their problems and emotional pain. In fact, this state of mind underlies all the others previously discussed – hope.
Hope is the core engine of the machine that is human emotion. Without hope, the other facets of the machine won’t work at optimal efficiency. Most of the “parts of the machine” are reactive and manually induced, except for hope. It’s passive, always working, and requires no management to function.