HONOLULU (HI Now) - Being able to observe and describe your emotions is a tool for coping with difficult emotions. This idea comes from a type of therapy known as Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT. Here are three helpful questions to ask yourself:
- What am I feeling? (Notice feelings without judging self)
- What is this feeling telling me that I need? (Understand that emotions can be helpful information, not something to avoid!)
- How can I fill or meet this need in a healthy way? (Cope with feelings by taking healthy actions instead of unhealthy actions)
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