Perhaps you’ve never thought about this, but when you have bad thoughts about someone or something, do you find yourself in a grumpy and standoffish mood? If that is the case, then you would agree that your emotions directly impact your thoughts.
Certainly, emotions have been described in any number of ways over the years. Let’s look at a few types of human emotions.
Now consider how the first three emotions listed above could be tied to thoughts.
Excitement generally implies that you will or are experiencing a happy and joyful event. However, your excitement could also be directly connected with any of the other emotion triggers. For example, you could be excited to the point of becoming fearful when anticipating having to take a driver’s test. But when you pass the test and the clerk hands you the driver’s license, you could feel excited and happy.
It is of most people’s opinions that emotions are the result of either an inner thought that triggers an emotion, or an outward circumstance that launches our thoughts into all sorts of directions—each one easily identified with an emotion.
Emotions Affect Your Physical Reactions
Emotions tend to alter the normal everyday chemical reactions that occur in our bodies. For example, when you’re filled with fear or you’re ecstatically happy, your heart rate increases. Sometimes it you might even find it difficult to breathe.
Every thought and emotion has a beginning, a period of time that the emotion or thought lasts, and an ending. We’ve already established that thoughts and emotions can be pleasant or unpleasant, but how much control do you truly believe you have over your thoughts and emotions? Or do you have any control?
Each one of us responds in our own special way with an instinct that drives us full forward into action, or certainly, a specific type of response. Sometimes we’re able to “talk” ourselves out of an ugly situation, and that’s okay as long as we’re not burying it before dealing with it. But most of the time, unless you are well-practiced and have learned not to react negatively to situations, your thoughts will impact the course of action you eventually take to handle the situation.
Getting Help When Your Thoughts and Emotions Feel Out of Control
When you find yourself in that delicate situation where it feels like you’re not able to handle a thought pattern or emotion, the first thing you should do if you’re feeling suicidal, is call 911. For less serious states of mind, help is available through online personal consultants, like myself, who can help by listening and suggesting more positive ways to direct your thoughts and emotions, so contact me today. I look forward to hearing from you.