The first step to emotional healing is learning to be aware

How often have you overreacted? Do you end up feeling bad without a reason? Do you have phases when you do not feel like doing anything? When was the time you felt zoned out in a terrible mood? If these questions ring a bell and you don’t have an exact answer, you need to pause to understand what’s going on in your mind. Emotions are complicated and sometimes are not easy to narrow down and recognize. There are bouts of bad moods, however, at these times we are unable to understand what’s behind them, and can’t even express them descriptively enough.

What’s a bad mood?

We all have experienced bouts of unpleasant phases. These are phases when we don’t feel like doing anything and want to just sit to let our minds go blank. It is such a phase when emotions are bothering us, but we cannot recognise the exact cause of the mental feeling that’s holding us back. A bad mood is just an outer layer, however inside lies an undercurrent of mental sentiment that’s not showing itself up. Your unpleasant state might seem to be unwanted at the moment, however, it carries within itself a deep emotion, which could be a cause. For instance, inside anger may lie fear and an inability to control the outcome, inside the feeling of depression may lie an inability of being unable to do what you want, or you may be suppressing your desires. If we speak of anxiety, the emotion is the same as that of excitement, but it is mixed with the thought that something unpleasant is about to happen.

How to recognise emotions?

There is no gold-standard method of recognising emotions. A simple trick is to sit peacefully with closed eyes and let your mind wander. Spend a few minutes alone with the exact same emotion or mental state you are in, and allow whatever is coming to your mind. Then after you’ve been with however you feel for enough time that now you are unable to stay still, take a pen and a paper and keep scribbling your thoughts. Write down all that comes to your mind and do not stop for a couple of minutes. As you’ve finished a page or so, you’ll realise you have gradually landed on that cause that brought you into an unpleasant emotional state. For instance, when you are not feeling well inside, and you keep writing, suddenly you’ll discover that a long-pending work was causing you trouble but did not surface initially. The sole cause of a bad mental state only surfaces by staying still and then writing your thoughts.

How to snap out of them?

Now that after sitting quietly and writing down your thoughts you’ve come to see all those reasons that were making you feel unpleasant, the next step is to bounce out. If there are pending tasks, complete them! If there is something beyond your control, then seek therapy to attain your peace with it. If there are some desires that are unmet, be sure to make means to fulfil them. Everything has a solution and connect with your mentors to bounce out. To conclude, every unpleasant mental state has an undercurrent of emotions that are not seen immediately, but if we put effort to see what’s inside, it will eventually surface. After it has shown its real face, you always have the option to work on yourself to overcome them.

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