Emotions can give us direction and influence our decisions. They can strengthen us and weaken us. The more you understand your own emotions and where they come from, the more you can take control of them. Our emotions make up a big part of us, but they are not all there is to us. They don’t define us.
Understanding our emotions
Emotions are like colours. There are no good colours or bad colours – there are just different colours. They impact how we see the world, yet they don’t influence or change the world. The world is still the same world, but colour can alter our unique perception of it.
In the same way, our emotions change how we see the world. Learning to understand and listen to our emotions without being controlled by them is part of growing up.
Emotions can give us that “gut” feeling that something isn’t right. Listening to those feelings is especially important if something is making us feel bad.
Emotions can give us the motivation to work towards our goals. Emotions are like waves, they come and go. No one is happy or sad all the time. When things feel tough for a while, know that change will come!