Bringing awareness to our emotions, brings reasoning into our lives where we didn’t have reasoning and where we have reasoning, we can work on 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. We must be conscious of our emotions, but that can be challenging for many reasons.
- We come to experience more than one emotion at a time depending on what’s going on for us;
- Emotions constantly change from time to time;
- Over time, we 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 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, no matter the emotions. We may stall or ignore our emotions, but we will always have to deal with those 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.