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What can I do when my emotions are overwhelming?

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Last Updated: 07/21/2020 at 11:23pm
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Top Rated Answers
Anonymous
January 27th, 2015 4:23am
Try starting a journal. It's a great outlet and there's no judgement because it's your own personal thoughts. If you wanna share with a friend then do so and talk about it. Have your own counseling session.
HennaH
August 24th, 2015 3:25am
You can write down how you feel on a piece of paper and then discard of it by ripping it into pieces and throwing it away. You could try drawing and doodling what you feel, sometimes putting feelings into an art form is really useful ! Or you could of course try talking to someone, in person or even on here !
duckslikerain
June 8th, 2015 8:14am
I find that the best thing to do is to pause. Stop everything for a moment. Take a breath. Take a few deep breaths. Check your body language. If you're in a safe space, take note of the tenseness of your muscles. Try your best to relax them. If applicable to your situation, ask yourself "What's really going on here? What are the possible reasons why I feel this way?".
Anonymous
July 27th, 2015 6:00am
Stop what you are doing. Take a walk .Try a change of scene. Try to understand the situation and accept it has happened to you. Try to look at the situation in a different perspective.
Anonymous
August 18th, 2015 7:06pm
Prayer or meditation, yoga or exercise, music or any mind altering form of entertainment helps me a lot.
PrincessPea247
August 22nd, 2015 2:07pm
There are many ways that you can deal with emotions and they include, writing (whether it is how you feel, some form of creative writing or another form), exercise (running or yoga are good examples), talking to someone about how you feel, meditation, taking a moment to yourself away from a situation that you are in. Overall, it all depends on what you find helpful, but they are a list of things that can be tried.
RalphBG
January 20th, 2015 4:51pm
Generally, if you have overwhelming emotions, its due to the emotions being bottled up, or not dealt with for a period of time, then it gets so built up, and too much to handle, that it becomes overwhelming. What you can do to help, is to write down all the things that are bothering you. Also, you should try talking to someone, a parent, a friend, a counsellor, a trusted lemons that will positively affect your life, and support you. Good luck!
Faith2007
May 4th, 2015 11:11pm
Personally I looked at all that was taking place in my life, I cut out the chunks of things that caused me to become sad, anxious, depressed, ect. I then took time for myself to help me gain my confidence back.
patientStar86
October 27th, 2015 6:42pm
I wonder whether you feel overwhelmed by all feelings or some are more overwhelming than others. Can you think of a time when you had a really strong emotion and managed it or got through it.
krazeniks
November 30th, 2015 3:46pm
Well emotions can be overwhelming at times i do agree with that well whats the use if we hurt others with that...we can control them by recognition,observation and releasing them!!
RaeOfHope
December 15th, 2015 5:10pm
Go to a quiet room, take deep breaths, and think of something you love. Maybe it's a special place, or person. Another option is going and doin something just for you, get your nails done, take a shower, buy a new shirt, go pick flowers, whatever makes you happy, and can take your mind off a problem for a little bit so you can come back and reevaluate he situation.
AlexCalm
July 18th, 2016 10:11am
I learned that bad emotions are just as good as any other emotions, so all you can do is welcome them in to your life and don't fight the need to be sad or scared sometimes. Everything will be just fine in the end.
HopieRemi
August 9th, 2016 9:25am
What do you normally do to relax? Have you tried the grounding techniques ? How do you feel about journaling?
Anonymous
September 5th, 2016 10:53am
You can hear your favorite music from your favorite artist. Or if music are not your style, you can watch funny video or a movie. Sometimes it'll make you forget the reasons why your emotions are overwhelming. You can also do your hobby like playing video games, skateboard, and swimming. Sleep will be a big help too. And the first aid is, control your breath. Try to conceal it. Say it to yourself.
comfortingTruth71
October 16th, 2017 6:52am
Acknowledge the emotion you are feeling at that moment and what triggered it. Find a calm place and embrace your self with compassion. Breath slowly. Squeeze a soft ball. Run or do another physical exercise. Talk to someone you trust.Write down your thoughts and feelings and then throw the paper away.
CareNow
February 5th, 2018 8:48am
Take a deep breath and find someone to talk to. It is very important for you to get some perspective on your problem. Being overwhelmed means you need to be able to prioritize, see a way out and not have the issue blown out of proportion in your head.
UncerTom12
July 23rd, 2018 6:21pm
Go to a quiet place and take a few deep breaths. Tell yourself you're ok and you've been through worse. Then smile, your mind will read the smile and it will make you feel a little better.
HappyCycologist
December 3rd, 2018 4:09pm
when my emotions are overwhelming, first I should notice the beginning or arising of a feeling because something disturbing me or suprises me. it is a helpful thought to think about feelings as a warning signal of your mental system. it says "be careful" something is going on too much (if it is a danger). watch the feeling out of distance and give it a name, and wait till it gets weaker. in regular every feeling will fade away after time. in the next step you can try to understand, what the feeling tries to signal you. maybe you are angry, because something happening is unfair. recognizing this situation you can act on it. simpler ways could be to make a break, or watch out of the window.
Gabby132
July 21st, 2020 11:23pm
For myself I just breath. I breath and I journal and I talk to others to help me see and realize that my emotions are valid to express. It can be a scary thing to except some emotions but I think it's important to recognize them and not hide them away. I have also found it helpful by cooking and focusing maybe my mind on something that I know will take some of my stress away, depending on the situation. Going for long walks also while listening to music helps me. Being a people person though, by talking to others that helps me the most. Words can heal, especially if they are coming from someone else.