Recognising emotions

Being able to recognise your own feelings and those of people around you is often called emotional intelligence.

By becoming more aware of your emotions and the things that affect them you can try to avoid situations that are challenging or upsetting and learn to deal with feelings in more positive ways.

This can reduce stress, anxiety and general feelings of unhappiness.

Listening to yourself

As well as understanding your emotions it is important to listen to yourself.

‘Gut’ feelings or reactions are part of our natural instincts. If you feel uncomfortable or unhappy about a situation, or you feel that you really need to tell someone about something or stop someone from doing something, this gut feeling may be the right one to go with.

The more you learn to understand your reactions and feelings, the easier you will find it to make decisions and take decisive actions that will lead to positive outcomes.