Emotions are our reactions to inner or outer events. They prompt behaviors, but how women choose to express those emotions can either help or harm their path to recovery from mental health or substance abuse issues.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) teaches women to be mindful of their emotions and to analyze what they are feeling and why they are feeling that way. Non-judgmentally holding emotions to the light allows women to accept them and react to them appropriately rather than without thinking. Regulating emotions is an important step to mental wellness.
This week, Brookhaven Retreat is wrapping up Describe Your Emotions week, during which women learn to not only observe but also describe and understand their emotions. Describing these emotions allows them to be analyzed and understood, further heightening self-awareness.
Although emotions may not be controllable, women can learn to react to them more peacefully. Describe Your Emotions Week prepares women to find their wise mind, live more effectively and improve self-compassion. It teaches women to cope effectively with their feelings and prepares the path for reducing vulnerability to negative emotions.