Emotions are part of life and affect how we think and act. They can increase empathy and compassion, but can also cause us to flip out or say things that we later regret. Processing emotions and acting thoughtfully allows us to align our actions with our beliefs or values. Unfortunately, mistakes happen. We might overreact or treat someone unfairly. When this occurs, we must seek forgiveness and reconcile in order to heal the relationship.
Paying attention to our emotions can help us to see normal and concerning patterns of anxiety and depression. Worry and sadness are common emotions, but some people may experience them more acutely than others. When someone feels tense, anxious, unhappy, discontent, or despondent for weeks, months, or even years, it may be time to get some help to prevent harmful health effects.
Depression and grief can look similar, but are not the same. When someone has dealt with a loss (e.g. family death), a period of mourning is expected. Daily routines and habits may suffer. Over time, grief can fade. Exercising self-compassion and patience promotes healing.
Family History. Research a family member who has passed away and write an obituary for them honoring their legacy.
Express Gratitude. Think of some cherished moments you have shared with someone who is still alive. Write them a note filled with your favorite stories and memories that you experienced together.