Special 11 May, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.
Dealing with emotional distress can lead to a poor permanent emotional state. It is therefore important to deal with the issue in order to avoid further complications.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, most forms of mental illness (especially depression) begin because of problems that patients have not dealt with. It is therefore important to confront complicated situations as they arise in order to keep the mind at peace.
How can you achieve this?
Applied psychology uses a formula called the three A’s method: Awareness, Acceptance and Action. According to the General Council of Psychology in Spain, this technique is a healthy alternative that will help you understand the context of your situation, which can help you learn how to solve the problem.
A few tips about this practice
Be aware. When dealing with an emotionally difficult situation, identify where the tension is in your body: perhaps it is in your stomach, chest or manifests as a knot in your throat. Place all of your attention on this area and on the sensation that it produces. As the General Council of Psychology in Spain explains in their website, “It’s not about determining whether the situation is pleasant or unpleasant. Just become aware of the emotion and how it affects your body.”
This is important because a lot of the information that is processed by the mind, manifests in the body. “If you are not aware of this, this vicious cycle will most likely not go the way you want.”
Accept. The General Counsel of Psychology also mentions the importance of identifying the problem. Before trying to resolve or change its circumstances, it is important to accept the problem for what it is. “The recommendation is to allow the emotion to express itself in order to have the courage to experience the pain or distress you may be experiencing.”
Take action. By being aware of what is happening, it is easier to know what action to take. “This will help you make a better decision about how to address the problem and will also free you from negative thoughts, allowing you to continue on with your life.”
Also read: 5 keys to achieving emotional balance