Sometimes we feel hypersensitive without any reasonable explanation. Are you too emotional? If yes, what can you do about it? Maybe someone who you know is too emotional and you are trying to understand how you can help. Here are a few tips.
Emma Carpenter, a family and marriage therapist explains why emotions are important:
“In the days of hunters and gatherers, emotions were used as a way to protect ourselves from predators and the elements.”
We are far away from hunter-gatherer days, but emotions will tell us what is good for us and other people’s emotions are a good indicator of how they feel. There is no such thing as good and bad emotions. All emotions are there to motivate us. What we call “bad emotions” can help us shift and change our perspective.
Emotions are not healthy when we don’t understand how to cope with our emotions, that’s when we are pushing ourselves into unhealthy territory.
What Can You Do to Cope with Emotions Better?
How Often You Exercise
Regular exercise is an important part of regulating your emotions. This doesn’t mean that your exercise has to be vigorous but moving your body feels good, physically, and emotionally.
Get Some Sleep
Not getting enough sleep can be a cause of many issues with how we manage our emotions. Sleep deprivation is closely related to excessive worrying, repetitive thoughts, and rumination.
Before bedtime, avoid drinking coffee and try to turn off your devices at least 30 minutes before going to bed.
Can you Deal with Stress?
If you are dealing with a lot of stress in your life, you are more prone to be irritable, emotional, and moody. Chronic stress is closely related to anger. Controlling stress in your life is a mindful and slow process but it is achievable.
Eating Healthy Food
What you eat has an impact on your mental health. You are what you eat, right? Eating unhealthily can affect your overall well-being. What should you eat? A high-quality Mediterranean diet has been associated with emotional health, especially for women. More vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fruits, and fish should be included on your plate.
If you are feeling out of control, play close attention to what you eat? What can you change?
Anyone who has been through PMS or pregnancy knows that hormones have a great impact on our emotions.
It’s important to relate your emotions to hormonal changes you are going through at the moment. Also, it’s important to understand that the rise and fall of emotions will pass.
Mental Health Conditions
If someone has an issue regulating their emotions due to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, that is a completely different story. Knowing your emotions and mental health issues should give you an opportunity to check in with an expert. Controlling your depression and your emotions on your own is not the path that you should take. Get help!
Are You a Highly Sensitive Person?
Some are more sensitive than others. Approximately 20% of the population are highly sensitive people. If you are dealing with this issue you might be more prone to feel more deeply and to heighten your emotional experiences.
Often times it feels like your emotions are getting the best of you. You might feel unwanted, unlovable, or undeserving. It’s important to keep in mind that the thoughts behind those emotions are not valid.
Processing your emotions and dealing with them in a healthy way is all about staying mindful and focused. Don’t bury your emotions, learn how to separate the truth of what you feel from the truth about you and your emotions.