His article really struck a chord with me, so I printed off the list of emotions he referred to.
The day in question was a normal kinda day; nothing amazingly impressive, exciting, good or bad happened, just a day in the life.
Before I went to bed that night, I grabbed a pen and checked off the emotions on that list I could remember I'd felt during the day.
And I was surprised. Even with my now fairly self-aware state (compared to a year or two ago), I was experiencing emotions I had never thought were in my collection, much less would I have been able to articulate that was actually what I was feeling, if asked. Just wish I'd done this when I was a teenager - would have helped with the cacophony of stress I experienced then, I think.
It was also sort of nice to think, hey, there's one or two on there that I don't recall having felt before. Spiteful, I am pleased to say, is one of them. However, there are a few on there I would happily never feel again: Powerless, bitter, guilty, rejected....
Emotions are a complex thing. Small things, big things or nothing things can kick them off. I have a theory that waking up in a bad mood could be because you've had a stressful or sad dream. Often you have no control, like many things in life, over when they pop up or how you feel at certain times, but you can attempt to control the way you react to things when they happen.
- Look for the blue sky - no unnecessary complaining, wear that smile!
- Self-care (physically, mentally, emotionally - all) should be high on your priority list. Look after no.1.
- Give yourself a break.
- Remember all emotions are a natural response - just because you feel a little more inclined to one than another, it doesn't mean it's a bad thing. It only becomes negative when it dominates.
- Keep breathing.
Enjoy your weekend and enjoy some emotion-spotting - one kind of labelling I think is actually good for you.