What would our lives feel like without emotion? Sadness, love, anger, they all serve a function. And spoiler alert, it’s ok to feel all of them! Emotions color our life experiences. They protect us and keep us safe from being hurt. Emotions help us function. They inform us of who we are, what our relationships with others are like, and how to behave in social interactions. Let‘s look a little closer:
Emotions help up act quickly with minimal conscious awareness. If we did not have them, we would not know when to flee, laugh, or react.
Emotions prepare us for immediate action such as quickly shuffling work priorities.
Emotions are connected with thoughts and memories. Thinking of a lost loved one may bring an emotion of sadness or the memory of your wedding day bringing you joy.
Emotions motivate future behavior. Perhaps you reacted emotionally to an event, and you know if that situation arises again, you will take steps to react differently.
Don’t ignore your emotions, instead process them. Honoring emotions is powerful. It gives you the ability to gain greater insights and become create a conscious awareness of what is happening around you. Why are you feeling the way you do in this moment? What are my emotions trying to tell me? Next time when your emotions grab you ask yourself ”What the func?”