When people feel bad, they talk to friends, try changing their mood, or try to do something that makes them feel good. When someone feels depressed, they take medication, tells his/her family, or see a therapist.
These were the normal responses to some of the emotions that we come across during our lives but do you know that sometimes a person gets used to a certain bad emotion to the extent that he lives with it without even realizing it is there!!
We usually think that everything is fine when our emotional state returns to a certain set point, but what if that set point itself was full of fears, doubts, guilt, and bad feelings!!
Emotional awareness definition
Before dwelling on this topic, let us explain the meaning of ‘Emotional Awareness.’
Developing emotional awareness means becoming totally aware of your emotions, always knowing why you feel bad, or experiencing any other feelings or emotions even if you can’t do something about it.
Emotional awareness is the initial step in getting rid of your bad mood. After all, you need to be totally aware of the presence of bad emotion to get rid of it.
For example, you might be feeling happy while being with your friends, then suddenly and out of nowhere, your mood swings. This happened out of nothing as it seemed, but you didn’t notice the trigger that resulted in the mood swing because you didn’t develop proper emotional awareness.
People who always violate their own values by making a bad habit repeatedly, for example, usually live with a level of guilt that they got used to. Others live with fears throughout their lives without realizing that their set point is a state of fear and anxiety!!
Some people live with certain stress levels to the extent that they start to believe that this is how life should be and that it’s so normal to experience the levels of stress they are experiencing. Again that’s another problem that results from a lack of emotional awareness.
Being unaware of your emotions can be one of the main causes of depression; the prolonged sadness, anxiety, fears, and guilt leads to prolonged stress, leading to depression.
How to Properly Identify Your Emotions
The process of becoming aware of your emotions is easy but needs a lot of training. First, you need to keep an eye on your emotions along with your thoughts and self-talk. After all, it’s your self-talk that results in any emotional change you experience, whether it’s good or bad.
The more you keep monitoring your emotions and thoughts, the more you will become aware of them, and the more you will understand your own mood swings that seemed to have no reason earlier.
Without this kind of awareness, you will live your life feeling bad without knowing why or even worse, feeling bad and thinking that this is your normal set point!!
Many people use quick fixes to regulate their mood, but they only get short-term results and use quick fixes instead of tackling the real problems because they are not even aware of the reasons that changed their emotions.