Here’s how to identify your emotions and write them in a journal. Sounds easy enough, yet many of us struggle with this. We don’t usually feel just one emotion. Often it’s a whole mixed bag of emotions. This is what makes it so tricky to identify our emotions. It isn’t simple, but it is incredibly important.
When you understand what you’re feeling at a given moment can help you move through uncomfortable emotions. let them flow, run their course and lose their power. It may even prevent some of those bad feels in the future.
When you begin to understand how you are feeling. it’s the starting point of your healing. So don’t worry if you can’t pinpoint just one. List them all. There is no right or wrong answer. It’s all part of the healing process, becoming aware of how you are feeling.
Here is the Feeling Wheel. A helpful resource to help you pinpoint some of those feelings you are having.
Observing and naming your emotions helps to remove some of the feeling, so you can see things a little more clearly -and with more self-compassion.
Don’t forget, jot those feelings down in your journal. This will get easier the more you do it.
Kim Moore is the Founder of Blossome CIC. She lost her husband Chris to alcoholism in 2017. She faced a difficult journey while raising 2 children alone, with her family living on the opposite side of the world. Kim founded the Blossome Community and The Pathway to Peace healing journey so no one would have to feel alone while enduring the trauma of a loved one’s battle with alcoholism or addiction. She is also on a mission to end the generational cycle of alcoholism and addiction in families.