Sep 12, 2019
This week I share a simple technique to deal with emotions as
they arise. It's simple but that doesn't mean it's easy because the
hard part is remembering to put these techniques into practice when
the emotion arises.
Our emotions are our own in-built feedback system. We need to pay attention to them and learn to tune into them and develop a relationship with them! When we allow and witness them (as opposed to fight and resist them) they pass, they ease off, they dissipate. That's not to say they won't arise again, but they won't have such a tight grip on you.
The 4 steps are Stop, Drop, Roll and Give Thanks.
1. Stop - get quiet, down tools, take a few deep breaths.
2. Drop - into your body and feel the emotion (without judging, criticising, analysing), notice where it is in your body and how does it feel.
3. Roll - with the wave of the emotion - cry, scream, kick the pillow, jump. When we feel an emotion, our body is flooded with a rush of biochemicals. This wave lasts 90seconds, so we need to roll with this intense period, then it will start to ease.
4. Give Thanks - it's so important that we acknowledge and celebrate our little wins, so thank yourself for paying attention and allowing yourself to feel the emotion.
Get curious and explore it for yourself. Listen to learn more.