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High Emotions: The Ups and Downs of Feelings

High Emotions: The Ups and Downs of Feelings

What are "high emotions?" Simply put, they are the mental feelings that literally run "high." These emotions can be extreme amounts of anger, sadness, hurt, disappointment, guilt, happiness, and confusion just to name a few. When individuals are experiencing high emotions, typically they can feel over-exaggerated and flip-flop from good to bad and vice-versa. Most people will experience these kinds of feelings surrounding major events in their lives. This could include graduating, moving, weddings, divorce, and losing a job. When anything positively or negatively stressful occurs in one's life, it will typically produce some type of emotional response.

When do high emotions become problematic? If you are feeling overwhelmed by your mood swings or the intensity of a certain mood, then your emotions are probably interfering with your ability to maintain a normal, healthy existence. These extreme emotions can affect your personal life, your work performance, and your physical health. That is why it is important to be able to recognize when you are experiencing high emotions so that you can start to regulate your mood and how it is impacting the different areas of your life.

Seek out help. This can come in a number of forms including but not limited to individual counseling, group counseling, attending support groups, confiding in a close family member or friend, educating yourself about what you're experiencing, journal, soul-search, and identifying the triggers. There are many resources both online and off that can assist you in whatever you are dealing with. Remind yourself that you are never alone in what you are going through, even if it seems like it at the time. More often than not there are many people who have been in your shoes before. That is why you should reach out.

Having a hard time getting a handle on what you are feeling? Start by keeping a daily log of what is going on in your life. Note when you are having certain emotions throughout the day. Eventually you should be able to decipher a pattern in what triggers your emotions. Once you are able to identify your triggers or stress, you can them begin to implement ways to manage your triggers in a different way. Remember: There is always hope. The way you are feeling will not last forever.

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