What do Your Emotions Do For You?
EMOTIONS MOTIVATE AND ORGANIZE US FOR ACTION
EMOTIONS COMMUNICATE TO AND INFLUENCE OTHERS
EMOTIONS COMMUNICATE INFORMATION TO OURSELVES
ABC's of DBT
ACCUMULATING POSITIVE EMOTIONS
In the short term, to help build positive emotions NOW!
In the long term, to help build a life worth living!
COPE AHEAD FOR CHALLENGING SITUATIONS
LETTING GO OF EMOTIONAL SUFFERING
HOW DO WE REGULATE OUR EMOTIONS?
HOW DO WE DO THIS?
RIDE THE WAVE OF EMOTIONS
Mindfulness of emotions is about observing and describing the emotions without judgement. You need to distance yourself from the emotion in order to do this. “Step outside your box!” Note that it is there, step back, and get unstuck from the emotion. Experience it like a wave, coming and going. Don’t try to ignore it or get rid of it or hold on to it or amplify it. Just experience it as a wave of the ocean. Coming and going. The more mindful you are to your painful emotions, the more you expose yourself to difficult things.
MORE EXPOSURE = LESS FEAR, LESS FEAR = LESS ANGER & PANIC
Letting go of an emotion, person, or event is allowing that thing to leave you without attachment. You are not your emotion and you don’t have to act on it. There are times when you have felt different. Letting go is like an egg frying on a Teflon pan. It will slide right off with no trouble. No pushing or pulling. If you cook an egg on a grill, it will stick to the bars of the grill and fall through.
Acceptance is freedom from suffering. Acceptance does not mean approval. Life is going to have rough times! Life will throw us curve balls! Sometimes acceptance can help us reduce our pain and suffering. If we fight back, we stay stuck in the pain. Don’t judge what you are feeling. Just feel it and be willing to experience it.
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