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Do you struggle to manage your thoughts and emotions?

emotional agility Aug 18, 2020
When something happens in life that is testing, do you struggle to manage your thoughts and emotions?
Does it all seem overwhelming?
Do you lay awake at night and ruminate over and over again, different scenarios, what ifs, whys and how will this pan out?
Do you question yourself and what you are doing, doubting your abilities to make people happy, meet people's needs whilst trying to maintain your own sanity and strength?
Do you choose to ignore, deny or embrace your emotions?
Certain life experiences can cause us to react and respond in certain ways.
These experiences trigger our emotions and hence our interactions with the world around us.
Our responses can have either a negative or positive impact on the direction and course of our lives.
Take for example if someone has lost their job. They may be experiencing so many doubts, fears and worries about how to move forward.
There are questions leading to how to provide for the family, how to pay the immediate bills, no certainty of job security within the next 3 months, unnerving because mortgage payments are due.
The thoughts don’t stop there.
Accompanying them are negative thoughts of capabilities, “ If I was a good provider, this wouldn't have happened,” or , “ It’s my fault we are in this mess.”
And it goes on. A constant barrage of negative thoughts, that deepen negative feelings and emotions about ourselves.
Understanding these thoughts and feelings and working through them, rather than ignoring, resisting, masking or feeding them repetitively, is crucial to living a healthy, reduced stressed life and important to sustain a well balanced emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well-being.
 
Honouring and Serving,
Simran K. Rattan MD
 
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