Name your neg­a­tive emo­tions

Woman & Home - - The Life Edit -

Fac­ing a nerve-rack­ing pre­sen­ta­tion at work? The quick­est – and sci­en­tif­i­cally proven – way to take the edge off your anx­i­ety and help you feel more in con­trol is a method called “af­fect la­belling”. That is, to sim­ply ac­knowl­edge the emo­tion you’re feel­ing. So be­fore a meet­ing you might say, “I’m feel­ing pan­icky.” Or after a tense phone call, “I’m feel­ing an­gry.”

Neu­ro­sci­en­tific re­search shows that nam­ing the emo­tion can dampen the ac­tiv­ity in the amyg­dala, which is the emo­tional hazard de­tec­tion cen­tre of the brain. This al­lows your ra­tio­nal brain to take back con­trol. The point is to be­come more aware of your emo­tions and sep­a­rate your­self from them.

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