How to cope with difficult emotions in a healthy way

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:

  1. What am I feeling? (Notice feelings without judging self)
  2. What is this feeling telling me that I need? (Understand that emotions can be helpful information, not something to avoid!)
  3. How can I fill or meet this need in a healthy way? (Cope with feelings by taking healthy actions instead of unhealthy actions)