Bringing awareness to our emotions brings reasoning, where we didn’t have reasoning and where we have reasoning, we can work on change.
Bringing awareness helps us recognise and understand how our emotions will affect us, and how our emotions will help us interact with others and what impact our emotions will have on other people’s emotional state.
We must be conscious of our emotions, but that can be challenging for many reasons:
- We come to experience more than one emotion;
- Emotions constantly change from time to time depending on what we’re dealing with;
- We block out our emotions particularly if they’re too painful;
- There are times we need to become more aware of our emotions particularly when we’re under stress and being under stress means we’re more likely to ignore them;
- We spend a considerable amount of time living in denial because we would rather not deal with our emotions.
Although being in denial may seem a sign of weakness to others, it’s often short lived because denial will manifest itself in other ways, if not dealt with. We may stall or ignore our emotions, but we will always have to deal with our emotions further down the line.
Being aware of our emotions is the first step to us changing our emotions and the first step to changing how we deal with our emotions.