“But feelings can’t be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.” – Anne Frank
As someone that tremendously struggles to name and face her emotions, I’ve been trying more and more regularly to name my emotions at the moment. I’ve found it almost embarrassing how challenging it can be for me. I’ll run in circles trying to make sure I don’t say the wrong thing when in reality there is no wrong answer.
You should name your emotions because it can help to:
- Calm your amygdala
- Process the feeling
- Give you time to respond
- Remind you that your feelings are temporary
- Determine how to react
- Bridge the gap between your thoughts and feeling
- Figure out the best next step
One thing that’s important to not is that it’s best to do this with softness and without judgement. Whatever emotion comes up is valid and should be treated like it is. Your feelings and valid and so are you, so be kind to yourself and your feeling.