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Old 07-27-16, 02:54 PM
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Emotional regulation

In the last weeks I have had some moment that were very stressful, and I reacted very emotional to it, and this did not help me.

I also notice that I can react emotional to very small triggers (internal/external), and this affects the way I present myself. I don't like this. For example, sometimes I do things very well, but because of the emotions inside I don't present my work with confidence.

These are new insights to me; of course I kind of knew this of myself, but this is the first time that I really recognize that this is not beneficial to me, and that I may want to give it some attention. I am sure that if I am a bit conscious in these situations, that I can regulate my emotions a bit better. Also, it can also help if I reflect on these situations, to find the deeper reasons why I respond this way. Often it has to do with something that I believe about myself or something else. For example, when someone gives me feedback and I respond emotionally, it may be because I believe that I am not allowed to make mistakes, and that I believe that all criticism is correct and that it means that I am a bad person and that I should not defend myself.

The first step to change is awareness, and I have made this step. I think this is already powerful, I notice that I am now aware when I am getting emotional and I can use this awareness to not let the emotions govern how I act, but to make better, more rational, decisions on how to procede. That has already benefited me this week. However, I think it will take a lot of time and effort to really improve this, but I am wiling to invest in that.

Do you also struggle with this? How does it affect you? Have you made improvements? Any advice?
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