What can you do about your emotions?

Sometimes just being able to name the emotion you are experiencing can be helpful. For example, “I am feeling angry that I have had another flare up”.

When we do this, we don’t have to spend time and energy pushing the emotion away. Acceptance is simply saying “This emotion is not bad, it is only annoying”.

When we accept the emotion, we can also learn about it, and practice managing it. For example, when we have an unpleasant emotion, we may notice that our muscles get tense and our breathing speeds up. When we notice these changes, we can actively release the muscle tension or slow our breathing down.