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How do you feel right now? Take a moment to understand how you feel in this very moment. Are you happy because you just got your favorite treat? Or sad because it’s raining so you can’t go outside to play? We all experience emotions that range from excited to nervous, happy to sad, content to angry. These emotions are an important part of life that influence your thoughts and actions. Understanding the science behind your emotions can help you address your feelings and use them in a positive way.

What Are Emotions?

Emotions, also known as feelings, are your state of mind in response to the environment around you. Your environment includes the people you’re with, the location you’re at, what you’re doing, and many other factors. Your mind processes these various factors and determines how to respond in terms of emotions that often lead to actions. This response is based on previous experiences and survival instincts. For instance, going to the park may trigger feelings of happiness and excitement because your mind recognizes the park as a place where you’ve previously had fun with friends and family. On the other hand, standing in line at the grocery store may trigger feelings of boredom as your mind recalls the many instances you’ve been stuck in a line waiting for long amounts of time.

Emotions influence many aspects of your health, especially your mental health. Being aware of your emotions is an important step to a lifetime of healthy living.

Different Types of Emotions

Now that you understand the basics behind what causes emotions, what are some of the emotions you experience on a regular basis?

  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Excited
  • Angry
  • Content
  • Nervous
  • Hurt
  • Lonely
  • Embarrassed
  • Curious
  • Silly
  • Kind
  • Shy
  • Surprised 

Ways to Address Emotions

While emotions are a natural response to the world around us, they need to be handled and addressed appropriately in order to maintain good mental health. For instance, keeping anger bottled up inside of you can lead to increased frustration that may eventually explode out, leading to a fight or causing you to yell at a friend. Everyone has different ways of addressing emotions that works for them. Some examples include taking five deep breaths, going for a walk, or squeezing a stress ball. You can even talk to someone about the way you’re feeling or ask for someone’s help in solving a problem.

doTERRA has also developed an essential oil line designed to help address negative emotions. Use doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy oil blends to specifically address the emotions you’re currently experiencing. For instance, if you’re angry at a friend because they broke your favorite toy, try smelling doTERRA Forgive® to help release your emotions of frustration and hurt. Or maybe you’re uninterested in your schoolwork and need a little extra help focusing on your homework. Applying doTERRA Motivate® Touch to your wrists and the back of your neck may lead to an increased desire to work on your studies. Take time to try out the other doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy oil blends and doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy Touch blends and find which oils work best for you in addressing your different emotions.

Emotions are an important part of life. Understanding the science behind them and how to control them is an important step towards good mental health.

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