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8 Amazing Ways to Manage Your Emotions Right Away

8 Amazing Ways to Manage Your Emotions Right Away

Jack Greener

Emotions are a part of our daily lives. Feeling emotional is the thing that makes us human, but the objective is to control our emotions instead of being controlled by them. If you are here reading this article, then you have already taken the first step towards gaining control over your emotions. You have accepted that your emotions have to be controlled. There are many ways to control your emotions and stop them from negatively affecting your life. Here is a list of some of the best ways that are scientifically proven and I have personally used to control my emotions. So, give it a read if you want to become a master of your emotions.

  • Try Breathing Exercises

The first thing that you need to start practicing is some basic breathing exercises and meditation. It is scientifically proven that even simply taking three deep breaths can really help you control your emotions. This is a very effective and instant solution. If you are feeling angry, or you are feeling anxious and stressed, taking three simple deep breaths can get you in control of your emotions, and it can help you react to a difficult situation logically and professionally. You should also perform short meditation sessions in the mornings to clear your head and improve your emotion controlling skills.

  • Distance Yourself from the Situation

Everyone faces difficult situations which make them emotional, but if you react to the situation in an emotional state, you aren’t doing yourself any favors. If you feel like your emotions are overpowering you, try to distance yourself from the situation. You can go for a walk and think about your problems logically and objectively. It will save you from making any mistakes or saying stuff that you may regret later on, and it will allow you to respond to the emotional situation in a logical and prepared way. This is a super effective and simple way to start controlling your emotions.

  • Suppress Your Ego

Almost all emotional problems and conflicts are caused due to inflated egos. Controlling and suppressing your ego is the final step of becoming a master of your emotions. This isn’t easy, of course, and it takes a long time of practice and a lot of emotional strength to suppress your ego. If you can control and suppress your ego, you will feel a lot more control over your emotions, and you will be able to express the facts and issues that would otherwise make you emotional, in a professional, logical and objective manner.

A great tip to get started is to understand that the opinions of others about you aren’t a reflection of your personality, and they are, just opinions. Respect that people have the right to disagree and have opposing opinions about matters, and you will find yourself more composed and confident in otherwise emotional situations.

  • Learn About the Psychology of Emotions

A great way to gain control over your emotions is to understand the science behind them. You should study some basic psychology in your spare time. This will allow you to assess your own emotions, and it will allow you to understand the feelings and actions of others better. If you can understand why people are doing the actions that make others or them emotional, you will be able to look at the situation from a logical and outside perspective without getting angry or sad.

 

 

  • The Simple and Ancient Way

I found a very simple yet very effective method to control anger and emotions in ancient Muslim culture. I read that if you are feeling angry, you should sit down if you are standing and lie down if you are sitting. Though this may seem like a very simple action, there is a lot of science behind it.

Our posture has a major role to play in the chemical nervous system. When we sit down in an anger-inducing situation, the body relaxes, and the amounts of hormones that are affecting our emotions are also suppressed. Also, you are more prone to do something rash when you are standing. By sitting down, you take yourself out of the situation where impulse and sudden emotions can make you take an action or say something that you may regret.

  • Try Some Cannabis

Cannabis is an amazing herb that is being hailed as a wonder drug these days, and because of recent developments and studies that prove it to be a safe and medically beneficial substance, cannabis has been legalized in a majority of American states.

Cannabis is another amazing method to relax and control your emotions instantly. It is known to reduce stress and anxiety, and it takes the users into a pleasant euphoric state. This is a great way to gain more control over your emotions and without stress and anxiety, you can think about emotional situations logically and come to effective solutions. There are many types of cannabis concentrates available in the market if you want a stronger and quicker control over your emotions.

  • Exercise

Another amazing and super effective way to control and let go of your emotion in a controlled environment is exercising. Many people opt for exercise and activities like boxing and kickboxing to let go of their anger and emotions. Keeping emotions bottled up is bad for you, and it can affect you negatively. You should have a controlled outlet for your emotions, and exercising at the gym is a super healthy and effective way to control your emotions and channel them into something healthy.

  • Express Yourself in a Controlled Manner

A common misconception that people have is that they think that suppressing and controlling one’s emotions is the same thing. If you keep your emotions and feelings bottled up and suppressed, you are bound to have an emotional meltdown, which is not healthy at all. You should try to control your emotions and express them in a professional and logical way. If something bothers you or makes you feel angry or uncomfortable, you should express your feelings but in an objective and unemotional way.

 

About the Author:

Jack is a psychotherapist and neurodegenerative disorders’ expert. He has been practicing in New York for 25 years now, and since then he has been fighting to make marijuana legal in the United States for it comes with numerous health benefits. You can read his blogs at https://thegreenace.ca/category/the-green-ace-blog/.

Take Mental Health Day

6 Reasons Why You Should Take A Mental Health Day

by Adam Durnham

What Is a Mental Health Day?

Although there is a formal Mental Health Day celebrated every October 10 to bring awareness to the spectrum of mental health conditions, you can have your own special day devoted to healing your mental state.

Just as sleep refreshes the physical body, our minds need to take a rest, too. A mental health day could simply mean a regular day of rest, freeing yourself from stressors, and refocusing on or seeking your purpose in life. By taking your own mental health day, you can rejuvenate your mind and care for it like you would any other part of your body.

Why Should You Take a Mental Health Day?

1. It helps improve your thinking.

Anything you think about—responsibilities at work, home, or school—can take a toll on your mind. Like small blocks, they can that pile up in a haphazard fashion and tumble down when not managed. Studies show that people under acute stress tend to make “risk-taking decisions even with disadvantageous outcomes”. This is why taking a mental health day can be so important.

A mental rest can help improve your thoughts and mood. From being pessimistic and paranoid, you may become calm and intentional. Thoughts that promote anxiety also tend to prevent you from making rational decisions on a daily basis. A peaceful setting can revive your mind from a chaotic state to one where you think better and make better choices.

2. It gives you a clear picture of what truly matters.

You can get so caught up with the nonstop demands of your everyday life that you lose sight of the big picture, of what truly matters to you. When everything else is stripped away, what are the things you cannot live without? Perhaps it’s your loved ones, a hobby, or even spirituality.

Taking a mental health day helps clear your mind and ruminate about the true priorities in your life. You may realize that the things you spend most of your time on aren’t what you love, but what society has pressured you to do. Through having regular days of mental rest, you can discover your true life’s purpose and dedicate your remaining days to the things and people that truly matter.

3. It can restore your health.

We live in a society where being busy is glorified, and suffering is a virtue. Although being busy and sacrificing for others is sometimes admirable, too much of it can be damaging not only to your mental state but also to your physical health.

Constant stress is a risk factor for degenerative diseases such as stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Stress causes many biological reactions to the body such as high blood pressure, increased blood sugar levels, tensed muscles, and sleep deprivation. When we don’t take time to restore our mental health, we also run the risk of harming the other parts of our body.

4. It lessens symptoms of mental health disorders.

By taking the time to restore your mental health, you are avoiding triggers that can harm you and, by extension, your loved ones. For example, some common depression triggers include being overwhelmed, losing your job, money problems, the death of a loved one or your relationship. These triggers can be minimized or avoided when you take steps to improve your mental health. Try a change of environment, a new hobby, journaling or meditating. Taking a mental health day can help you make time for these activities.

5. It can help you find support.

Among the most common obstacles to people seeking help for their recurrent mental health issues is that they’re afraid of the stigma or that they don’t have time to seek help. A mental health day allows you the time to reach out to others and find a community that can help you deal with your problems in a healthy manner.

Whether from a therapist, counselor, a spiritual leader, or a peer support group, there are different ways to get emotional help for the things that you’re going through. You are never alone, and there is always someone who walks through a similar journey as you do.

6. It can aid in better performance.

It may sound counterintuitive but resting now can give you the top performance that you need later.

 Some scientists suggest that without proper mental rest, the brain shrinks, affecting your speech, your memory, and even the way you interact with others.

 If you have to accomplish a big task, deal with a tough client, or finish a complicated project, studies show that taking your mind off these things for a bit can improve your mind’s performance.

Start Your Own Mental Health Day–Now!

The key to looking great, feeling great, and living your life well is through caring for your body holistically, including your brain. Start by setting up your own mental health day. Your mind will thank you for it.

Self-Care for the Good of Your Mental Health

Self-Care for the Good of Your Mental Health

Brad Krause at Self Caring
Self Care for the Good of Your Mental Health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mental Health: Overcoming the Stigma

 

It wasn’t long ago when talking about mental health was considered uncouth. If you were struggling with an issue like depression, addiction, or anxiety, you were expected to shut up and bottle it all inside. While some people still face this pressure to keep it to themselves, the conversation is growing. In 2018, several NBA players including Channing Frye, DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love opened up about their mental health struggles. The league responded with an improved mental health program to address the needs of its players.

 

You may be thinking, “Why do all these basketball players have mental health problems? What is it about the NBA?” Of course, playing basketball doesn’t cause depression or anxiety. These players are simply using their platform to help remove the stigma associated with the difficult issues that we all have. Everyone everywhere struggles with their mental health at some point in their life, we just don’t talk about it. Since we don’t talk openly about this issue, most people don’t even know how to care for themselves when dealing with mental health struggles.

 

If your mental health problems are getting in the way of living a happy and productive life, it is important to talk to a doctor about your symptoms immediately. Your physician can recommend a number of treatments including medication, talk therapy, psychotherapy, meditation and lifestyle changes.

 

Self-Care for Mental Health

 

An important aspect of treating mental illness is practicing daily self-care. Mental health problems often distract us from doing the little things for our own good. A person dealing with depression and anxiety may forgo hygiene, nutrition, and sleep while struggling with their problems. By practicing self-care in even the most basic ways, you can help alleviate symptoms of mental health problems while you explore options for treatment.

 

Avoid Drugs and Alcohol

 

All the stigma around mental health has lead a lot of people to try self-medicating with alcohol and depression. But substance abuse only makes mental health problems worse. In fact, it can lead to addiction — a mental health issue and physical disease all rolled into one. Avoid turning to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope and consider going into rehabilitation if you fear your drug or alcohol use has already gotten out of control.

 

Practice Healthy Sleep Habits

 

When you are struggling with mental health issues, quality sleep is one of the first things to go. Some people oversleep which causes fatigue, back pain, weight gain and headaches. Other people develop insomnia, a disorder with its own troubling consequences. Establishing a routine is the best way to avoid over and undersleeping. Make it a point to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at a consistent hour each morning. An hour before your bedtime, start winding down by turning off electronics, sipping warm herbal tea and doing an activity that allows the mind to unwind such as coloring, reading or meditating.

 

Reduce Stress

 

Life is about balance, and if you are going at 100 percent all day, everyday, you will eventually burn out.

 

  • Make your home a sanctuary separated from work so your mind knows to switch off the cortisol once you walk through the door.
  • Pick up a hobby that improves mindfulness like meditation, yoga, or painting.
  • Exercise releases dopamine, serotonin and endorphins in the body to release stress and improve your overall mood.

 

  • Engage in positive thinking. Staying optimistic is an effective way to manage stress.

 

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Everyone struggles with mental health issues, but the stigma surrounding them prevents us from having a conversation about them. Those dealing with serious issues should talk to a physician about treatment options. It’s important to embrace positive routines to help maintain our mental health in our day-to-day lives.

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