Mendenhall Valley, Alaska
2241 Jordan Ave
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 789-9212

How to Navigate Your Emotions July 10, 2019

Mendenhall Valley, Juneau
How to Navigate Your Emotions , Juneau, Alaska

Emotions are natural responses in your brain and important parts of life. But if you don’t understand and process your emotions, they can begin to control your daily life. Thankfully, by working with a therapist and trying a few strategies at home, you can empower yourself to handle your emotions in healthy, meaningful ways. Here’s what you need to know. 

What Are Emotions?

An emotion is a psychological state and is usually triggered by external factors. In other words, emotions are internal reactions to events happening around you. 

therapistHave you ever watched your favorite sports team during the finals? That excitement you feel is an emotion. Were you really nervous during a recent job interview? You may have felt two powerful emotions: anxiety and anger. There is nothing inherently wrong with emotions—everyone feels them. But ignoring or denying your emotions can hurt your well-being.

How Can You Better Process Your Emotions?

Honesty is the first step in processing your emotions: you have to admit that you are feeling an emotion before you can begin to process it. After you’ve honestly assessed what you’re feeling, the next step is to define the emotion. This takes practice, and the support of a therapist or counselor is extremely beneficial, as many emotions aren’t easy to identify.

Once you’ve put a name to your emotions, you can begin to understand what your brain is communicating. After that, you can put them into words. Using this process, your emotions become an open dialog, and you can approach new, stressful, or exciting situations in healthy, productive ways. Regulating your emotions are also a skill that can be mastered with insight and practice!


Learning how to process your emotions might seem overwhelming at first. But remember—even feeling overwhelmed is an emotional response, and it’s perfectly okay to feel that way. If you’re struggling to understand or process your emotions, you don’t have to do it alone. Schedule an in-person session with Colleen Torrence, MEd, LPC. This therapist specializes in trauma, abuse, and family counseling, and she offers unconditional regard  to her clients in the Juneau, AK, community. To learn more about this therapist, visit her online or call (907) 789-9212.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Colleen Torrence, MEd, LPC
Can Social Media Cause Depression in Teenagers?, Juneau, Alaska
When raising a teenager, monitoring their emotional health is crucial. With teenagers potentially spending hours a day on social media apps, their mental health may be negatively more
How to Encourage Mindfulness in Your Children, Juneau, Alaska
As a parent, you know how difficult it can sometimes be to get your child to calm down and focus. According to family counselors, encouraging mindfulness and awareness is more
4 Signs Your Child May Have Anxiety, Juneau, Alaska
As a parent, ensuring that your little one is comfortable at home, school, and in social situations becomes a top priority. But even with effort, it’s still common for children to more
How to Deal With the Holidays After the Loss of a Loved One, Juneau, Alaska
If you have lost a family member or friend, the holidays can be a difficult time. The season is all about spending time with loved ones, so you may feel more of a void than usual — more