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When strong emotions take over, what activities help you return to a more balanced state?

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Last Updated: 01/12/2021 at 1:45pm
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Jennifer Patterson, LMFT, ATR-BC

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Life can be messy. Sometimes you need a little support to make your way through it. I love to help guide people through their challenges & to find the beauty in our messes.

Top Rated Answers
March 26th, 2015 9:31pm
Going to a trip with close people could really help. Instead of staying at home some activities could always get mind off. Games like football, cricket and others which require active participation and physical presence could really help in this aspect. Also, talking to a friend about your tough time changes the way you start looking at things.
January 9th, 2015 5:27pm
Definitely meditation and exercise of some sort. I also will journal and sometime read. I will do anything that will help me relieve my feelings in a healthy way that will benefit me while not bringing down anyone else.
June 11th, 2015 7:56am
When your emotions seem like a little too much to handle, try finding a positive outlet to channel those emotions. Try painting, music, sports, writing, meditation, etc. Find a place to put those emotions, rather than bottling them up for it to happen again.
January 10th, 2015 6:57pm
I listen to soothing music, talk to my husband or another supporter, spend time with my dog, take a walk, drink plenty of water, and watch a sit com or movie to re-group.
April 3rd, 2015 3:32am
I do what's called "flow activities," which is basically any activity you can do and "lose yourself" in doing it; it's activities that challenge you (not overwhelmingly so) and time flies.
June 22nd, 2015 1:39am
Something relaxing like reading or sitting outside helps when emotions get overwhelming sometimes. Anything that lowers your heart rate and not make it higher will help.
June 23rd, 2015 2:01pm
do some sport you like. Talk to someone. Do some yoga. Take a bath, listen to relaxed music. maybe watch your favorite tv show or a movie or read a book
December 8th, 2015 1:28am
I find that when strong emotions take over , for me, reading helps a lot. For some time I feel like I am away from all the problems and when I close the book it's like I gain a new perspective about everything:)
December 14th, 2015 6:08am
I usually try to unwind when i get home from a particularly stressful day. I put on music that calms me down and i either read or take a bath!
February 22nd, 2016 6:14am
Breathe in. Out. In Out. In Out. for as long as u can. Close your eyes think what ur thinking and remove them one by one away. Relax. Read a book or take a walk in a peaceful enviroment (parks, beaches, etc)
April 12th, 2016 8:16pm
Coloring or doodling is very relaxing, and it's easy to get lost in whatever you are working on for a little bit. Something as simple as stepping out for a long walk or a bike ride can help calm you and release some physical energy, as well.
July 11th, 2016 5:48pm
Hahaha, I have honestly had some extreme emotional reactions before in my life and only recently started learning how to properly handle them. So the easiest is literally to breath. I know a lot of people have said, 'Breath and count to 10.', and for most of us that is a cliche, until you understand what it is about. Breathing exercises allow you to focus on yourself, and draw all the way inward to your center of being. Being/focusing on your core at that point allows you to see and experience those emotions in another way. Primarily the focus on center should allow you to see the emotion, accept it is their and move it aside. Almost like 'water off a ducks back...'. Easier said than done though, but with practice you sharpen the skill.
August 1st, 2016 1:49am
What i do is simply go on here and help people (lol) because it makes me feel like i'm worth being alive because i'm helping people. I also meditate and drink tea a lot.
October 23rd, 2017 6:56pm
I've learnt of many different skills to use I use a lot of skills from dialectical behavioral therapy. Because those seem to Target different emotions and help you calm down and even understand what's going on in the moment.
February 5th, 2018 1:40pm
If pain is overwhelming sometimes the only way to feel better is to cry, most people in society deem this as a weak response but we all cry for a reason and letting it all out can actually sometimes help balance us out from within. Some time away, Work, School, Family can really stress us out and even trigger depression and anxiety, A little peace wouldn't hurt, an hour in a quiet room meditating, reading your favorite novels or just putting on your earphones and letting yourself relax. Feeling angry? . . . grab some boxing/mma gloves hit the gym and punch that punching bag like there's no tomorrow or invest and buy your own.
April 10th, 2018 4:50pm
When strong emotions take over, some activities to help you return back to a regular state of mind is by going for a walk, listening to musics, taking deep breathes, drawing and being with friends.
April 24th, 2018 4:21pm
If i am feeling particularly anxious or depressed i like to do 'adult colouring' it helps to ground me as well as taking my mind off difficult feelings and emotions
July 10th, 2018 6:23pm
I enjoy practicing mindfulness at least once a day. Pause. Take a breath and observe your emotions/thoughts from a detached state if possible. Realize that your emotions are a response to something. You are not your emotions. Feel the air brushing against your skin. Mentally scan your body for any discomfort. Relax.
November 26th, 2018 3:07am
When I experience strong emotions, there are a few different things that help me. I take a minute to recognize what I'm feeling and to accept that as what is happening right then. I remember that feelings come and go. That helps to be less overwhelmed. Then, I dig a little deeper to attempt to understand the emotions. The best way for me to vent my feelings is to write about them. It's ok if I can't resolve or completely address whatever is going on but I can feel that have made progress. Finally I do some self nurturing. When I feel strong emotions I can let off steam by doing something physical and meditating helps too.
November 30th, 2020 1:00pm
Some strong activities that can help you return to a more balanced state after strong emotions take over are self-care activities, such as reading, arts and crafts, writing, and many others! Other self-care activities could include going for a walk, taking a break from electronics, running a hot bath with some nice smelling soaps, getting dressed up for fun, putting on comfortable clothes, anything that makes you feel good about yourself. Self-care could also include reaching out to loved ones for support. Some good people to reach out to are close friends and family, and the hope is they would be more than willing to talk with you and hopefully help you find your balance again.
January 12th, 2021 1:45pm
Breathing helps, focusing on your breathing, meditating, listening to music you like, thinking positive, these things really work for me. Sometimes it is good to explore the emotion, feel it not fight it, ask why am i feeling this? Why am i so bothered? What is the reason. Understanding your emotions is hard but that effort goes a long way in helping you control your emotions and understand them. I hope this was helpful. Breathing in and out and focusing on your breath with your eyes closed calms your body, distracts you from your thoughts and helps you calm down.