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How to Process and Manage difficult Emotions



In the intricate tapestry of our lives, emotions are the vibrant threads that weave through our experiences. As an art therapist, I understand the profound impact that difficult emotions can have on our well-being. Today, let's explore a holistic approach to managing these emotions, guided by five key steps.


  1. Name it to Tame it: The power of acknowledging and verbalising our emotions cannot be overstated. Take a moment to identify and name what you're feeling. Saying, "I am feeling frustrated and out of control" or "There is a part of me that is feeling sad" allows you to confront the emotion head-on.

  2. Accept Your Emotions: Embracing difficult emotions with compassion is essential. Avoid denying or ignoring what you feel. Instead, acknowledge the emotion with an open heart. Acceptance is the first step towards healing.

  3. Enquire and Know the Reason: Delve into the root of your emotions. Ask yourself, "What triggered me?" or "What happened that I feel this way?" Gaining insight into the source of your feelings fosters empathy and understanding, paving the way for emotional growth.

  4. Express the Feeling: Our emotions carry valuable information. Express them through writing or journaling. Alternatively, unleash your creativity by drawing or painting your emotions. Sharing your experience with a trusted friend or allowing yourself to cry can be incredibly cathartic.

  5. Take Care of Yourself: Actively shift your focus to positive aspects of life. Engage in activities that uplift your mood, such as going for a walk, reading, or watching a movie. If needed, don't hesitate to seek professional support.

In the journey of managing difficult emotions, remember to be kind to yourself. As an art therapist, I offer personalised 1:1 art therapy sessions to guide you through this process. Together, we can explore the therapeutic power of creativity and help you navigate the waves of emotion towards a more balanced and fulfilling life.


Take a step towards emotional well-being—book your 1:1 art therapy session today. Your journey to self-discovery awaits.

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