Release our Emotions

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  Recognize   --   Identify   --   Examine   --   Release   --   Reflect  


After all of this is complete, we are left with choices about how to proceed. In this step, we get to decide whether and how we will express the emotion, and/or how to cope with it. The key here is that if we think about what kind of action to take, we can avoid making mistakes in our lives based on flares of emotion. Developing a set of coping strategies is important for this step


The coping stage begins when we make some kind of intervention on the stress/emotion we are experiencing. There are countless ways people cope with this stuff, but for our model let's break them into two categories:

  • Active (those that are healthy and work to address the emotion or situation directly with minimal harm to the self)
  • Avoidant (those that are less healthy, do not actively address the emotion or situation, and may cause some harm to the self). Examples of active coping can include problem solving, exercise, talking with someone, or meditation, and examples of avoidant coping include pure avoidance, distraction, eating, or substance use among others.

After we enact some kind of coping process (again, whether conscious and intentional or not), there is usually some resolving of the stress or emotional state. So essentially those avoidant coping strategies are things we gravitate toward because they work, sometimes even quicker than the active strategies. The key here is that we use the avoidant strategies selectively, and developed a suite of ways that we actively manage stress and our feelings.


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Impact of unreleased Emotions

Wrong ways of Releasing your Emotions

   * Eating, Drinking, Exercising, or Any Type of Compulsive or Excessive Behavior
   * When What You Say and Do Is Not In Sync With What You Feel

Express your emotions