Something that you may not know about emotions is that they act as your natural guidance system. Your own emotions can teach you many things about yourself and life. Without the ability to feel, there would be no spark in your life and we would all be the same. They are what make you unique as each of us feel different emotions even when present in the same situation. They exist to help you feel your way through your lives, provided that is, you don’t get stuck in them! Emotions are with you for life and can manifest either positively or negatively, no matter how hard you try to avoid or ignore the negative ones. They always find a way to surface, whether you like it or not, until that is, you start listening to their guiding message. When you listen and allow yourself to be guided by your feelings, you’re better able to process your emotions as they arise, thereby assisting yourself to maintain flow and balance in your life. In so doing, you are being present and truly feeling your feelings, whether they are painful and uncomfortable or wonderful and positive – and so you are able to move yourself forwards in life, rather than being held back sitting in the emotional rut of unprocessed uncomfortable emotional baggage. When you see emotions for what they can teach you, they’re no longer perceived as being scary or confronting. Instead you will be able to work through life situations rationally, bringing about change and growth in the areas of your life that they are needed the most.

Below are a list of common emotions and how they may guide you:

Fear|

is a basic animal instinct what aims to keep you alive. It only becomes a constraint when fear becomes significant and limiting. Three outcomes: fight, flight (when healthily expressed) or freeze (when unhealthily expressed).

Anger|

is an emotion that’s letting you know that a belief system (your boundary) you hold to be true and valid has been crossed. Anger, when expressed in a healthy way, allows you to communicate what you are passionate about, and what you believe you need to change in the world.

Joy|

is an emotion that is letting you know that you’re on the right path in life.

Disappointment |

lets you know that you tried for something which did not have the desired outcome, but you did not give into apathy and that you still care.

Guilt |

shows you that you’re still living life in other peoples expectations of what you should do

Shame |

shows you that you are internalizing other people’s beliefs about who you should be (or who you are) and that you need to reconnect with yourself.

Anxiousness |

shows you that you need to wake up, right now, and that you need to be present. This emotion is letting you know that you’re stuck in the past and living with a fear of the future.

Sadness |

shows you the depth of your feelings, the depth of your care for others and this world.

Bitterness |

is the emotion that is letting you know where you need to heal and where you’re still holding onto judgment of others or yourself

Resentment |

is letting you know where you’re living in the past and not allowing the present to be as it is. It’s like a poison eating at you from within, until that is, you are able to interrupt this eroding emotion.

Grief |

this emotion is letting you know that you have lost something in life. It allows you to stop and re-evaluate life, provided that is, you don’t get stuck in this emotion.

Explaining emotions

When we perceive our emotions with an explanation, your emotions no longer need to be overwhelming or all-consuming. Instead, they are like our roadmap to help us move forwards whilst also allowing you the opportunity to learn deeply about others and ourselves.When you stay on top of your emotions and process them as they arise, you will be pleasantly surprised that life will flow. You will feel energized, have more clarity of mind, and will find that your relationships have a healthy foundation to work from because you’re able to communicate by responding to life’s situations rather than be reactive to them.Enjoy using your emotions as your personalized and healthy guide to life. Allow yourself to process your emotions and where they can take you in life. Life’s a journey, so enjoy it. Live optimally; Live purposefully.

The emotions first-aid kit

Processing our emotions isn’t always easy.

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