The theme of this year’s Mental Health Week is understanding our emotions.
Recognizing, labeling and accepting our feelings are all part of protecting and promoting good mental health for everyone. Naming, expressing and dealing with our emotions (even when they’re uncomfortable) can make us feel better.
We are better able to manage our emotions when we can recognize, understand and express how we feel. Naming, talking and writing about our emotions helps to regulate them by decreasing our anger or fear response.
Although negative emotional states like sadness are not usually considered desirable in Western society, these emotions can actually help us adapt.
However, if your emotions are overwhelming, persistent and/or are interfering with your daily life, it is important to seek mental health supports.