Being able to accurately name your feelings is a major Emotional Fitness Skill.  This article gives some hints.

Big Ideas: Name That Emotion | Psychology Today.

Emotional Fitness Training, Inc. suggests becoming more aware of feelings in general by asking yourself off and on during the day “What am I feeling now?”  Use the feeling thermometer on our blog pages to learn to rate feelings and give them a general name,  then try giving the feeling of the moment  a more specific name.

Theorist and researcher Jerome Kagan says feelings should always be named in terms of their context.  “Angry because I am stuck in traffic and late for work.”  “Scared of walking alone down this dark street.”   “Irritable because I didn’t get enough sleep last night.”   Such specific names help you think about if and how to act on the feeling.

Once I learned to name the feelings connected to getting everyone out of the house and off to school or work–“Arsenic Hour Anger”,  I did three things to make those times more bearable.  I made a special effort to do some organizing the night before;  I got up an extra 15 minutes early; and I reminded myself to focus on good feeing that waited  when I could sit down and have my second cup of coffee.  Didn’t take all the tension out of the morning rush, but made them less poisonous.

Stay strong.

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