Coping with Emotions – Life Skills notes KNEC

Coping with Emotions

Coping with Emotions

Emotions entail feelings or reactions inside ourselves as we respond to the world. Feelings are affected by what we see, hear, touch, smell taste and think about. Coping with emotions can be understood to mean managing feelings or reactions that arise from inside from time to time, especially bad feelings after facing abuse (i.e. being angry, annoyed, irritated, frustrated, furious bitter, jealous and offended). If one does not know how to cope with emotions one can end up being afraid, worried, terrified, nervous, shy, anxious, uncertain, and feeling embarrassed. Although life skills contribute to the ability to cope with emotions, learning to express emotion that do not hurt others is good step in building self-esteem by what we see, hear, touch, smell taste and think about.

Emotions are strong reflections of what we are. Thus, identifying and then coping with emotions implies that people can recognize their emotions and the reasons for them and make decisions which take account of but are not overly influenced by them

Some values associated with emotional intelligence are:

  • Respect: this is having positive regard towards self and others
  • Tolerance: it is being open and receptive to the beauty of differences between people. It is the ability to face difficulties situations courageously and patiently
  • Humility
  • Peace

Feelings that can lead to risky behaviors

  • Bitterness
  • Sadness
  • Excitement
  • Hurt

How to control negative Emotions

  • Talk to somebody
  • Take a break
  • Sleep/rest/walk
  • Do exercises

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