Influencing Our Emotions
Emotions are powerful. They influence the way you think, and the way you act. Your interactions with others, your spending, your decisions –these are controlled by your emotions. In order to truly be in control of ourselves, we need to get better at regulating our emotions because mental strength is, in essence, our ability to manage our emotions.
Controlling emotions does not mean we don’t feel negative emotions or that we should suppress them. It’s the exact opposite. To be truly in control of our emotions, we must first learn to accept them. Suppressing and ignoring are just escape strategies. They are dangerous because they leave the wounds open and allow them to grow bigger. Control does not come from running away from difficult emotions; it comes from facing them and admitting to ourselves that exist, but they do not control us.