I accept myself as I am.
I identify my emotions. Being able to describe what I am feeling helps me to cope more effectively. I distinguish between heartache and moodiness. Building my vocabulary helps me to deepen my understanding and communicate with others.
I pay attention to my state of mind. I look for underlying causes. I try to catch myself before my feelings become too intense.
I give myself permission to be jealous or confused. I tell myself that it is okay to cry. I validate my experiences while making rational decisions that enable me to overcome challenges and strengthen my relationships.
I talk about my feelings. I reach out to family and friends who I trust. I pick an appropriate time and place. I practice what I want to say. I focus on solutions. I encourage others to share their feelings too.
I boost my mood with exercise. Physical activity reduces my stress levels. I run through the park or take a dip in the pool.
I stop for a timeout. I pause before reacting when my emotions are strong. I avoid saying things that I might regret later. I come back after I have time to think things through.
Today, I recognize my emotions and put them into words. I take responsibility for my choices. I manage my feelings instead of letting them manage me.
1. Why am I responsible for the way I feel?
2. What happens if I try to suppress my emotions?
3. What does emotional resilience mean to me?