Being the awareness behind our emotions, allows us to bring reasoning into our lives where we didn’t have reasoning and where we have reasoning, we can have change.
Bringing awareness not only allows us to recognise and understand how our emotions will affect us, but how our emotions will help us interact with other people and what impact our emotions will have on other people’s emotional state. To do this, we must be conscious of our emotions, something that can be challenging for many reasons.
- We will always come to experience more than one emotion at a time depending on what’s going on for us;
- Emotions will constantly change from time to time;
- Over time, we may come to block out our emotions, particularly if they’re too painful;
- The times that we need to become more aware of our emotions are when we’re under stress and therefore we are more likely to ignore them;
- We spend a considerable amount of time living in denial about certain emotions, because we would rather not deal with them.
Although being in denial may seem a sign of weakness to others, because we’re not dealing with those emotions that is often short lived because feelings of denial will always manifest themselves in other ways if they’re not dealt with. We may stall to deal with ignored emotions, but we will always have to deal with them further down the line.
Being aware of our emotions is the first step to help us think about change, the first step to changing our emotions and the first step to change in ownership of how we deal with our emotions.