There is a fine line between positive and negative emotions, which should be kept equilibrium. However, the equilibrium can be broken by one side growing stronger than the other for various reasons. This article also explains what emotional balance entails; it’s not just ‘happiness’ vs. ‘sadness.’
Here are a few steps on how to find emotional balance:
The first step to get balanced emotions is recognizing your emotions. This can be done by paying attention to what you’re feeling and thinking when something happens in life that triggers an emotional response such as anger, sadness, fear, or shame.
Once you’ve identified the emotion(s), ask yourself these questions:
1) Why do I feel this way?
2) What is the cause of this feeling?
3) How do I manage my feelings effectively and not allow these emotions to take control of me?
The next step is to understand why you think the way you do. This will help you develop coping mechanisms for dealing with your emotions more effectively in the future. You can also choose not to believe them anymore if they’re destructive—this will take time and practice. Once you have some awareness of your thoughts, ask yourself these questions:
1) Why do I think this way?
2) What is the impact of thinking in this way?
3) How might this affect my relationships with others?
4) How does this help or hinder what I’m trying to achieve in life?
Now it’s time to take action. You can begin by practicing stress management techniques like meditation, yoga, or writing. Then try to make positive changes in your life to help you achieve balance. By doing this, you’re taking control of how you think and act; this will improve your mental health and positively influence your future.
What are some of the changes you can make?
1) Join a new group or club to meet new people and find support.
2) Get a part-time job to deal with stress positively by helping others.
3) Spend some time each day doing something that makes you feel good, such as going for a walk or watching your favorite show.
4) Keep a journal of your thoughts and feelings to monitor how you’re regularly feeling.
5) Be mindful of your thoughts (stress management).
6) Be mindful of your feelings.
7) Manage your stress effectively.
8) Be compassionate to yourself and others.
9) Balance assertiveness with consideration for others (balance assertiveness with consideration for self).
10) Develop coping mechanisms (stress management).
You’ve already taken some important steps in achieving emotional balance, but staying emotionally balanced requires lifelong work. Therefore it’s essential to practice what you’ve learned so far regularly—daily even. Paying attention to your thoughts and feelings will help you achieve the balance you desire. You can also seek support from a counselor or therapist if needed so that you can get the support you need. And remember to be kind to yourself and others, because nobody is perfect.
By better understanding your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, you can achieve emotional balance. And with that said, if you’re ever feeling stuck or struggling to figure out how to achieve emotional balance, don’t hesitate to seek help from a doctor or health care professional.