Ten Ways I Achieved A Healthy Emotional Balance
In “Cry Depression, Celebrate Recovery” I document a story of utilizing a combination of traditional counseling and alternative healing modalities in the process of building emotional stability. Since early childhood trauma often results in an addiction to excitement, it is important to establish a new reality consisting of the ability to maintain calm, stop and smell the roses, and be comfortable with a normal life minus the violent swings of erratic emotions.
In Chinese medicine, too much joy and happiness can precipitate heart problems. Excessive anger can manifest in liver problems. And too much fear can adversely affect the kidneys. The idea is to sustain moderation in all things, including feelings.
Recently I was granted a marvelous opportunity. When I received news of this I immediately went into chest pains. Fortunately my heart is fine. But I had to receive energy medicine and acupuncture to ease the discomfort. Too much adrenaline caused some problems.
This was a wake up call. I had to learn ways to handle strong emotions. The following is a list of personal strategies that may be helpful when dealing with excess anger, fear, and happiness.