There have been a lot of changes to all of our lives over the last few months. It is understandable that we have experienced many different emotions, some positive and some that may be more difficult to manage.
Understanding and managing emotions
Here are some tips to keep in mind when dealing with varied and difficult emotions.
Be aware of how you are feeling
To be able to understand our emotions it’s important for us to be aware of them. Sometimes when we experience difficult emotions we can try to ignore them and don’t allow ourselves to acknowledge them. When we do this over a long period of time our emotions can build up inside and make us feel worse. You can become aware of your emotions by taking some time out for yourself, practicing mindfulness or keeping a diary of how you are feeling each day or week.
Accept your emotions
When we feel sad, angry or anxious, we usually try to figure out why we are feeling this way. Sometimes when we can’t seem to link our emotions to a particular situation or something that has happened to us we try to block it out. Accepting how we feel whether we know why we feel this way or not can be the first step in helping to understand ourselves a bit better. If we feel sad and we are not sure why, know that it’s okay and feel the sadness anyway.
Feel your emotions
Many people don’t allow themselves to feel their emotions as they are afraid of being overwhelmed by them. It’s important to realise that these emotions will pass or come and go. Letting yourself cry if you need to can be a good way of releasing built up emotion and you can do this knowing that it will pass and you can get through it. If you’re angry or frustrated, talking about it or finding a healthy coping mechanism such as exercising, can help you work through these emotions.
Ask for support
None of us could have prepared ourselves for the changes we have faced in the last few months. It’s normal if you have or are experiencing many different emotions than you usually would. Reaching out and asking for help to manage and understand these emotions can be really helpful. You can talk to a family member, friend or partner about how you are feeling. There are also many services who are continuing to provide support online during this time. Read about the available mental health supports during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and you can also check to see if you are eligible for free counselling with MyMind.
Find out how other young people are coping
Check out some of the articles written by other young people and how they have been dealing with the current pandemic.
- Being kind to ourselves during COVID-19
- How to make the most of your COVID-19 disappointment
- Why it’s okay to feel disappointed about the impact of COVID-19
- How I support my mental health during COVID-19
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