How can I deal with difficult emotions?
The first part of dealing with difficult emotions is knowing what causes you to feel these emotions. Many things can cause us to feel mad, sad, or scared. Once we recognize these causes or “triggers,” we can then work to do something about it.
A second part of dealing with difficult emotions is being able to engage in coping skills to help you calm down when experiencing a difficult emotion.
What are coping skills?
Coping skills are any positive activity that makes you feel good and that is not harmful to yourself or others. They are essentially things you do to make yourself feel better when you are experiencing unpleasant emotions. There are many coping skills that people use.
Here are some examples:
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Understanding how thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are related can help us use cognitive and behavioral strategies to make choices that result in more positive outcomes.