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Emotion Acceptance

By: Erin Birely, LCPC, Team Leader of the Renfrew Center of Baltimore and Alumni Coordinator

Posted on August 17, 2020

You may have noticed a theme in our Instagram this month focused on emotion acceptance, but what does that really mean? Emotion acceptance means getting friendly with our emotions and welcoming them, as opposed to pushing them away.

Our emotions arise to tell us something is happening, to alert us to a change and tell us to pay attention, and maybe to do something. This is a biological process that we can't, and don't, want to stop. So, how do we let ourselves feel it without letting them take over?

Here are some steps:

- Become aware of your emotions. Whether you do this through mindfulness practice, taking a deep breath, mentally reflecting, or journaling, take time to try and increase your awareness to the emotion.

- Try to see what your emotion is telling you: Why is it happening now? Could past or future experiences be impacting it?

- Make sure it is your primary, and not secondary, emotion. Ask yourself, would I be feeling this way if something else wasn't happening first? Am I judging an initial response I had?

- Think about what you want to do and if that lines up with your values.

- Act in accordance to your values, while still maintaining your responsibilities.

Give it a try and see what you find!
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