When you’re having an emotion, sometimes it’s really hard to figure out which emotion it is. So we wanted to give you some ideas with this graphic. Many times, just giving an emotion the right name is enough to release it.
It’s important to remember that there are no bad emotions, only stuck emotions. Emotions get stuck when we hide or stuff them because we don’t want to go through the feelings they’ll bring us, or we’re afraid of what will happen if we acknowledge they’re there.
Stuck emotions cause long-term pain, problems, and disease, because they don’t just go away. They store up inside of us.
When we learn how to deal with and express emotions healthfully, we begin to fear them less and process them with more ease.
Remember, feeling an emotion and acting on an emotion are two different things. Learn to feel, then process, then decide on how to act.