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99. Emotional Reactivity and Emotional Storms (Depression and Anxiety Coping Skills Podcourse)

In this episode, Dr. Henry Emmons talks about emotional reactivity and its profound relationship with anxiety and depression, especially recurring episodes of depression. Henry will take you through a real-life example of how an emotional storm (aka emotional reactivity) was triggered by a seemingly simple situation. And as the example highlights, this powerful cascade from an initial hurt to a personal storyline can feel uncontrollable. The good news is that emotional reactivity can be worked with and reduced. It is not a permanent trait. Henry will cover some essential skills to navigate these emotional storms so that you can respond skillfully in the face of life's challenges and work to relieve anxiety and reduce the chances of future episodes of depression. 


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Some reminders from this episode:

  • Getting grounded when you feel the surge of emotions is a powerful skill to reduce the impact. Experiment with methods like aromatherapy, comforting food, or connecting with your senses to bring stability.
  • Mindfulness is essential to interrupt an emotional storm at various stages. Become aware of your thoughts, identify the personal narrative, and work to halt impulsive speech or actions.
  • This is not easy! Be kind to yourself throughout this process. Truly, every step you take to break this cycle is a step towards a more resilient and joyful you. 


Sources and Notes:

  • This episode is part of our Podcourse! To get the most of the course, you may want to follow along in order, beginning with episode #78 and you can visit the Podcourse Page to find all the episodes. However, these episodes can be listened to in any order and you can take action with any strategy that you feel connected to. 
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