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Healthy Tips For Managing Our Emotions

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Our Emotions are a gift from God.  “For everything there is a season…a time to cry and a time to laugh, a time to grieve and a time to dance, … a time to be quiet and a time to speak.” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 3, 4, 7.

Expressing them appropriately is healthy for us mentally, emotionally and relationally. One approach to ensure that we can appropriately express our emotions, would be to first ask ourselves:

  • Have I been prayerful about whether this emotion needs to be communicated publically or does it remain private between myself and the Lord?
  • Have I given myself time to hear from God and let that emotion settle?
  • Can I be clear on what I am trying to communicate? (Writing down thoughts is a helpful aid).
  • Can I now communicate with a motive of love and restoration?

Once you have affirmed these issues in your heart, you are probably in a good place to express your emotions appropriately and effectively.

Our emotions act as a relief valve that helps us cope with stress, heartache and joy.  Relationships often times have a direct impact on our emotions.  They can bring stability, turmoil, joy, pain and confusion. Taking time to assess whether a particular relationship is necessarily good for us or potentially damaging is vital in managing our emotions.

As a Christian therapist, I first encourage clients to have a relationship with the Lord that includes prayer and daily Bible reading. In our quiet time of devotion, study and prayer we are inviting God’s Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  As a result, we are better prepared to handle the storms of life, which can include fluctuating emotions.  “The Lord your God is with you… He will quiet you with His love and He will rejoice over you with singing.”  Zephaniah 3:17

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty.”  Psalm 91:1

Finally, the regular practice of forgiveness cannot be understated in the process of handling and controlling our emotions.  We cannot escape being hurt and disappointed by others. However, when this happens our choice to forgive will bring mental and emotional health.

In some cases, a mental health professional should be consulted to determine the best course of treatment.

God designed us to experience a wide range of emotions, but they are not to rule us or dictate our behavior.  We can take them as opportunities to thank God for the unique way He has created us.

By: Donna Sardisco M.A., M.F.T. & Michelle Hamada B.A. Educator

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