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Some insight from Heidi...Four Steps for Working with Emotion

Do you ever have days where you need to remind yourself that it’s okay to feel intense emotions? That it’s actually very normal! Especially during particularly challenging times, exploring and expressing emotions can become a supportive part of a daily practice.

I have found this four step cycle hugely helpful and transformative when dealing with emotional overload and challenges.

NOTICE AND NAME what is happening and how you feel about it. Noticing is when you recognize that something isn’t quite “right”. This commonly shows up in the body. Naming is when you are able to identify the specific emotion you are feeling. For example, you might start with a broad term such as “yucky”, and then narrow it down sadness and finally to grief.

PAY ATTENTION to what the energy and information is telling you. All emotions are messengers which provide us with useful information and energy.

DECIDE what you want to do with the information and energy. Using your values (what really matters to you) as a reference, take a moment to CHOOSE what you want do with the new insights you have gained, rather than being reactive.

TAKE ACTION to create the life you want to live. Do something that moves you towards the life you want to live. Even a small action such as sending an email, watering a plant or going for a walk can make a big difference.

Next time you’re feeling an emotional overload, try moving through this cycle of four steps, noticing and naming what happens!

with love,

#emotionskills #mindfulness #values
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💜Offering unconditional support
💜Letting go of judgement and control

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Beautiful ❤️

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