Recognizing Emotions: What Am I Feeling Right Now?
Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you’re not sure what emotion you’re experiencing? Are you feeling confused, anxious, or maybe even hangry? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Recognizing and understanding our emotions isn’t always easy. In this article, we’ll explore ways to identify how we feel and what we can do about it.
The Emotional Roller Coaster
Let’s begin by acknowledging that emotions are complex and often unpredictable. One minute you might be on top of the world, and the next minute you could be curled up in a ball sobbing over a rom-com.
Emotions are like Russian dolls, they have many layers that make them challenging to unravel at times. Furthermore, people can also unconsciously suppress their feelings making it harder for them to recognize how they actually feel.
The recognition is an essential step towards effective communication with oneself as well as others.Therefore it’s important not only to acknowledge each separate feeling but also question why and when did it occur, empowering us with additional self-awareness tools.
So before attempting to identify your current emotion think back if anything has triggered what seems an uncontrollable ride of unchecked feels?? something ate away at your boredom into sudden anger explosion??? Mmm interesting exploring!
If thinking through things doesn’t help then another great way is paying attention to physical reactions.The body movements such as tightly clenched fists or shallower breathing patterns can indicate heavy burdening emotions; some more common ones being fear ,anxiety stress.One may also notice flustered faces reddened bloodshot eyes pink nipped noses indicating person’s distress.They roll their ankles twist hair strands adjusting jewellery frequently tapping footting.These unconscious actions act as signals emanating from inner emotional being hinting for external noticing.A crucial initial point in identifying one’s emotions!
So keep an eye out for those little body hints that something might be up. Or risk losing a toe to stray furniture while pacing.[Yes,this happens]
Once you have noticed and paid attention to all the initial signals talk it out loud; see how it sounds like? Sounds silly??? Think again
Making connections with verbose thoughts will help in labelling emotions, for example ‘I feel__ now; because of__; and even though__my plan is/was___.’
It may require some (read quite a bit) practice recognizing emotions but labeling is as essential as anyother identify tool.The heavier on detail one goes more intricate delayering can occur.A common mistake made is jumping into conclusions before complete identification.Luse long sentences if required, ensure correct punctuation to capture meaningful results.
In events of not knowing exact emotion naming similar states could also suffice such as feeling irritated peevish or grumpy.In simpler terms just label them: happy sad angry frustrated etc.
|Anger||A strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility|
|Fear||An unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger|
|Joy||A feeling of great pleasure and happiness|
|Sadness||The state or feeling of being upset because someone or something desired is absent|
Here’s a handy table outlining common emotions and their brief description! Don’t forget you can always change ir somewhere else!! That’s only indicative!!!Dont rely solely on this nor boxes your unique experience .Reading back over previous written notes acknowledging patterns/ recurring situations will allow better understanding alongwith gradual ease in labeling .
Seek External Insight
Sometimes we’re too close to our own feelings to accurately identify them. In these cases, looking outside ourselves for insight can be helpful. Asking a trusted friend or family member for their take on the situation could provide valuable perspective.
Of course, therapy is also an option for those who want to delve deeper into their emotions with a professional. Therapists can guide individuals and teach them how to correlate between cognitive understanding and emotional triggers,giving long term tools of self identification
Therapy is like investing in oneself, it’s never too late nor wrong…[but let’s keep that secret shhh]
Take Action & Regulation
Now that we have recognized and named our emotions, what can we do about it? This part consists of two-fold affirmation validation duo ,one being acknowledging your own feelings (even if they seem silly) important aspect building self compassion ;It allows us to stop feeling guilty for not being able or seen as “strong” always! To accept negativity rather than denying
The next step includes regulating these emotions; most preferably through physical exercise breathing exercises or even writing down thoughts,repressed desires fears etc which helps rationalise better instead of just holding onto heavy thoughts.
One can look out at alternate ways trying hobbies ,ignoring apps social media accounts extenuating daily worries when overburdening by sharing burden eg speaking up to close ones.As well as searching up a specialist whom one feels comfortable with.
- Breathing exercises
- deep breathing
Sometimes getting hangry deserves an apology after all
That makes almost half the world population but why apologize when maybe a little snack would help calm those roaring vibes.Our brain functions optimally on balanced blood sugar levels so paying attention towards diet habits will show significant improvements.Small changes bring great results!!And find ourselves- comfort from foodies be knowing latest edition culinary sources(restaurants/bakers/ local chefs) to steam off when feeling under weather or just dine with loved ones.
We all have emotions, and sometimes they get the best of us. By recognizing, labeling, and regulating our emotions, we’re better able to take control of our lives. Remember that there’s no shame in seeking outside help from a trusted friend or professional therapist.
And while you still wonder about how to create balanced emotional cognition keep close ties with important people in life ,sort out personal confusions be patient with oneself,& remember THERE IS NO NEED FOR THE EMOJI TO ACTUALLY MATCH YOUR FEELING!! Happy self healthy behavior induced journey🚀