I went live on Instagram as an opportunity to “check-in” with others. This election week is exhausting, and I think it is essential to manage our emotions during these times. Recently, I came up with an acronym to deal with fear called “ARTSY.” However, this acronym could be used to deal with any emotions.
- Acknowledge the emotion
- Research the issue that’s causing the emotion
- Talk to someone about what you’re feeling
- Shift your perspective
- Your life is valuable, and you have a purpose
Acknowledge the emotion
Sometimes, we try to hide our fear or act like our emotions don’t bother us. I do not think that it is healthy to ignore our feelings. When we acknowledge our feelings, it helps us to heal and move forward. I remember telling someone that I was jealous of them. The person was nice about my randomness, but I had a difficult time forgiving myself for telling that person that. I don’t advise telling someone that you have a negative emotion towards them but acknowledge it to yourself.
Research the issue that’s causing you that emotion
We must get to the root of what is causing that emotion. In my particular situation, I did not think that I would experience what I wanted. I could have instead looked up scriptures that encouraged me—or watched videos about how women my age were handling their singleness. Having the information that we need can help us to have less intense emotions.
Talk to someone about it
We need to share what we are dealing with a “safe” person. That person can be a therapist, a trusted friend, a mentor, or someone on the crisis line. Sometimes acknowledge our fear can cause us to feel stuck. It is essential to have someone in our life that we can talk to and process what we are dealing with.
Shift your perspective
It is essential as we are dealing with our emotions to shift our perspective. One way to go our perspective is by exploring the situation and the automatic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that come with it and looking at a different perspective on the situation. You can go to this link to complete this activity.
Your life is valuable and you have a purpose
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