Emotion-regulation is a fancy way of saying that you're adjusting something within yourself or your environment to feel more or less of an emotion. The intention of emotion-regulation to get to a point where you can listen and respond to your emotion(s) in a conscious way.
This month I want to celebrate all that our emotions do for us and help us to do.
Emotions help us feel alive by telling us what's important, and what we don't care about.
They give us the strength to defend the things we do care about.
They help us act with integrity so that we can be proud of our actions and words.
They help us make decisions, or distance ourselves from making decisions.
I'll be honest. I'm a licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration Trainer and Consultant, and grief scared me. My grief scared me. It scared me so much I locked it up inside, and marveled at people who could just cry - like that! - when they felt like it. But the thought of letting it out was scary too. My grief out in the world? Who could hold that for me? What if it never stopped? What if it was too big?