Great Ted Talk on Responsibility for Your Emotions

According to Dr. Feldman Barrett, Decades of Research Shows We Have More Control over our Emotions than we Thought. Watch this Ted Talk to Learn More! https://goo.gl/6Hc1Sz

Dr. Feldman Barrett tells how we can be the architect of our own experiences.

She suggests that if we change the “ingredients” used to make those emotions, we can change many of our own experiences, including influencing our own health.

That’s my experience…And it starts with YOUR thoughts!! Those thoughts drive your emotions.

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Test the Theory of Negativity

Do you ever stop to notice how you feel when you believe a certain thought?  

Do you ever stop to notice what you do when you believe a certain thought?

Believing repeated negative thoughts produce repeated negative outcomes. The opposite is true as well.

My client, “Allison,” was having some challenges with the staff she was managing. Even though she was well qualified and personable, she had the belief that she was not a “good manager.” Her belief was not rooted in any objective evidence.

When Allison believed that she was a lousy manager, she noticed she felt defeated, unmotivated and frozen in her decisions.  Her behavior resulted in limiting her communication, which was very much needed, with her staff on an upcoming project.  Once she became aware of this, she changed her thought, and her ability to manage improved.

 

NOTICE HOW YOU FEEL and WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU BELIEVE CERTAIN THOUGHTS:

Take a moment to notice how you feel when you choose to believe a negative or limiting thought. How is your energy? What do you do?

If certain thoughts make you want to crawl under the covers with a couple bags of cookies, you might want to work on replacing those thoughts.  If other thoughts make you feel energized, try focusing on those, they may help you slow down the aging process.

SCIENCE SUPPORTS NEGATIVITY IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH!

If you have some negative thoughts that make you feel bad and cause you stress, you might also be causing yourself to age quicker than you wish. According to Nobel Prize winning molecular biologist, Elizabeth Blackburn, chronically viewing things in a negative manner may shorten your telomeres, the part of your cells that cause you to age.  

Skip the botox or hair transplant.
Change your thoughts.

Your attitude matters, and will make you feel better!

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What Are You Shoving Down?

Real joy happens when we feel all of our emotions, and learn to let them flow, like a stream, in a healthy way to guide our lives.

As Karla McLaren says, emotions are “energy in motion.” Emotions send us important messages, and tell us what is and isn’t working in our lives.

Anger is often about the need to create boundaries. Sadness is often telling you what isn’t working and needs to be let go of. Fear, as opposed to anxiety, provides you with protection and should be listened to.  If fear instructs you to suddenly swerve your car to avoid an accident, it is good you got the message! Being “happy” at that moment helps a collision.

What Emotions Are You Shoving Down?
We can all relate to ignoring an uncomfortable emotion such as anger, when we “over” eat, drink, clean, organize, plan, tv watch or social media.  I have been guilty of all …. well, ok, maybe not the cleaning.

When we shove our emotions down, we do a disservice to our mind, body and loved ones.

If you ignore your anger, it doesn’t go away.  It will just pop up in a different situation, like yelling at the kids, or it gets stuck in your body and may show up as an illness.

Healthy Ways to Deal with Your Emotional Messengers
Screaming at a co-worker for taking credit for your effort on a project may feel good in the moment, but probably won’t advance your career. Figuring out a healthy way to honor your anger will  make you feel better, and then lead you to what boundary needs to be set or next step.

Here are a few things that have worked for me and my clients:

  • Stop and Feel What You are Feeling: Sometimes it is as simple as allowing yourself to “stop” and actually feel the emotion.  Some neuroscience support a “90 second rule,” for allowing an emotion to pass. As Jill Bolte Taylor states, when a person has a reaction to something in their environment, there’s a 90 second chemical process that happens in the body. After that, any remaining emotional response is that person choosing to stay in that emotional loop.
  • Do an Activity to Help the Emotion Flow:  Sometimes you may need to “do” something to get the emotion to flow:  What you “do” should feel right for you.  For example, with anger, maybe writing, running or punching pillows.  For sadness,  try a good cry or listening to sad music.
  • Seek Extra Help When You Need It: Sometimes you need a mental health professional to guide you. Never be ashamed of getting extra help, you are worth it!

Being Authentic Will Always Guide You
Let go of pretending to be happy in a situation when your not.  When you allow yourself to feel, honor and listen to all of your emotions, solutions appear. The more you will be guided by YOU to having authentic joy in your life.

Today, go for Real Joy

xo
Kathy