Sometimes you just gotta Stop, name your feelings, calm down. Or how about smelling the soup cooling the soup. Who else shares these core memories from elementary school? Being taught how to handle your emotions is a crucial part of life, but quite a few years have passed and people get sloppy, so it’s time for a refresher.
Recently I personally have found this very useful if you are prone to jumping to conclusions, stop, name your feelings and calm down. When we were younger these skills were broken down into the simplest terms so we can understand how to control our emotions. To STOP means to stop whatever you're doing and pay attention to your body and how it's feeling. This way you can consider what steps you need to take to manage your thoughts and feelings.
“Smell the soup” is what we have been teaching kids since I was in elementary. It makes you take a second and breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. It truly helps in the heat of the moment.
It is important to be able to name your emotions because it gives us the chance to step back and make decisions about what to do with them. Your emotions are separate from you that why taking steps to figure out what to do with our emotions can help us figure out how to correctly express them.