Emotion is a drug, a psychedelic drug that is somehow too tempted to desist from. Our thoughts and behaviors are influenced by it. Whether a normal chat with friends in a cozy cafe or you blanket yourself on the bed reflecting the day in the midnight, emotions manifest naturally. We love sensations, which make us human. However, like everything else, a drug can either help or harm you.
Before we dive into it, we need to know what emotions do to us. Our brain uses emotions to regulate our body. In an evolutionary sense, emotions have helped us to survive. When our ancestors responded to the immediate danger like tigers or deadly snakes, they wouldn’t sit around and theorised the threat. A fear provided a rush of blood that allowed our ancestors to run away from the danger. In plain sight, emotions go around the thinking process in helping our ancestors to react to the fast-changing environment in a quickest possible way.
In a more depth of its evolutionary claim is that we’re animals. Emotions make animals feel self-conscious and selfhood at the same time, while the aggression and desire to survive wheel them across the food chain. In other words, to keep a system that is ‘thrive or death’, makes it conscious and emotional.
As we all know by now, emotions aren’t merely about happiness or sadness, like once we thought when we were a child. There are more complex emotions waiting to be triggered, such as distress, contempt, or schadenfreude…
You might not aware of them all, but you must have experienced them throughout your life.
Emotion is also responsible for our clouding bubbles; procrastination.
For example, when you’re picturising yourself ten years later having all the success of your dreams, your heartbeats bump faster and sending a signal to receptors of your brain to release some joyful chemicals. Many people get too trapped in this state that they have full satisfaction over themselves even they haven’t done anything yet. The emotion plays a trick. Another classic example is many people spend too much their precious times on thinking of others, like a new lover, friends, or family, rather than concentrating on their handling tasks. The provoking emotions simulate ones to indulge their own fantasy. In reality though, those imaginations aren’t real. It’s the emotion drags you into the state of procrastination and releasing chemicals to loop you in.
Not only procrastination is one thing we concern about emotions do to us, but also the expressive feelings towards others in real life. Some suffer anger mental illness because they aren’t aware that emotion is a sly fox in our head. For instance, an exasperated dad comes home to find out the fridge is broken due to natural aged. But the frustration will spark out whoever wishes to speak to him, it’s because the frustrated pattern has been so thickened in neurons that trivial matters can trigger his resentment and hatred over the situation. At this point, it doesn’t matter the other person is right or wrong, the emotion has loomed over his head and he needed a release. Through the outlash onto the victim, he would enjoy the liberation of his anger. Although he might feel grief and regret afterwards, the vicious cycle is likely continued as the liberation is greater than the victim’s feeling.
This is just one of the anger mental issues people would do, the situation varies from one another depending on the patient. And we’ve lots of them in our frantic world.
Emotions can affect our body health too. If you suffer depression or anxiety, chances are your immune system will weaken its function, and so as the blood circulation. When the immune system is lowering its entry gate, needless to say, you’re not so ready for the flu season or other unpredictable viruses.
So can we override it?
Yes, we certainly can. Two ways we can go about this. First, self-awareness is the most effective tool to change its cause. Understand what emotion are you having in the situation helps you identify and get to know better about yourself. A quick question for you, what emotion are you having right now? Write down on a piece of paper.
With this little exercise, you start to become aware of your emotional level when you feel dejected or procrastinated or displeased. If you’re feeling depressed, why? When you get the answer, you then ask, do I like this feeling? Get the answer, then you ask more, how can I get out of this mess?
By keep on asking yourself questions, you’re consciously and rationally go through a healing process that can free yourself from emotions doing tricks.
The second method is to know more emotion vocabulary. There are complex emotions we’ve experienced that we haven’t described them yet. For example, distress and discomfort mean two different feelings. Having more defined emotional words can enhance your awareness level in examining yourself, and come up with a better solution for it.
After you get a hang of it, please share this article to your circles whoever needs emotional support. Depression or anxiety or despair aren’t always being told by people’ faces, and in our advanced technological world where texting is preferred rather a real face to face talking, self-healing process on emotional stress is much needed.
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