Sustaining Emotions

Sustaining Emotions
November 26, 2017 No Comments Mental Health Binh Nguyen

When feelings and emotions come to the mind, what do you do with them? There are a couple options that seem reasonable.

  1. act on the emotion
  2. do not act on the emotion

Imagine

Suppose this is the normal and typical spectrum of our brains were taught on how to handle the emotions that we get. We can decide to not act or to act out our emotions. Everyone is taught something different. Nevertheless, these two extremes are not useful at all. Acting on the emotion creates a very biased mind, whereas, not acting on the emotion promotes only logic and practicalities with no motivation, and pushing the emotions inward.

What would be more beneficial is being able to linger in-between the two extremes. Without emotions, actions will not be taken. Without a logical and sound plan, results do not present itself. There must be an even amount of the two to give a sense of control and power. Knowing which emotion triggers what can help analysis our moods, behaviors, and thoughts.

Discovery

Today, I discovered Mood Panda. It is an application that works with your computer, phones, and tablets in multiple platforms (Android, Windows, iOs). It tracks moods, allows snippets of events that trigger the moods, and cross-reference it with FitBit stats to create a personal analysis of how emotions relate to your activities. This is a way to regulate the emotions and moods that you have in order to balance them out throughout life’s tough events. If you are on multiple types of electrics during the day, the cross-platform is extremely useful.

It’s Important

Mental health is a very important. In order for us to be healthy, we must think healthy. Since our mind is the one that controls every single function in our lives. Studies show that the United States has the largest amount of mass shootings in schools across the world.

The mass shootings are considered as one individual or one group intentionally planned to perpetrate a shooting with firearms to kill or injure multiple people 1.

Even though other countries like Latin America, Caribbean, Africa, Honduras, El Salvador, Jamaica, Venezuela, and Brazil, have 11 to 14 times more firearms than the US, there was only one single high-fatality mass shooting in Brazil in the last 20 years 2.

The Questions

There must be something that triggered this violence. In order to understand this phenomenon, we have to ask ourselves what we are doing to increase this aggression that purposefully wants to hurt innocent people. What is causing so much pain in these people that are willing to kill themselves and others?

In theory, many of these individuals are just human beings that have extreme emotions that are no longer controllable. They go to school, work, have families, run errands, drive, walk, and socialize. What is really going on inside of their minds are the only things that the public do not know. Therefore, having something that can track these emotions and behaviors as an individual with personal responsibility can benefit everyone. Being aware and concerned about the state of your mental health will ensure that others are safe from the negative behaviors presented outward. When you are feeling bad, we may behave badly. The negative energy needs a place to go. It will go either outward or inward. On the other hand, if we feel good, then we will treat others well. In all in, it pays off to take care of yourself. In turn, others do not get hurt.

There is no shame in taking care of yourself. Please do!

References

  1. Cohen, A. M., Espinel, Z., Flynn, B. W., Gaither, J. B., Garcia-Barcena, Y., Muschert, G. W., O’Keefe, K., Shaw, J. A., Shultz, J. M, Thoresen, S., and Walter, F. G. (2014) Multiple vantage points on the mental health effects of mass shootings. Current Psychiatry Reports, 16, 469. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11920-014-0469-5.
  2. Cohen, A. M., Espinel, Z., Flynn, B. W., Gaither, J. B., Garcia-Barcena, Y., Muschert, G. W., O’Keefe, K., Shaw, J. A., Shultz, J. M, Thoresen, S., and Walter, F. G. (2014) Multiple vantage points on the mental health effects of mass shootings. Current Psychiatry Reports, 16, 469. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11920-014-0469-5
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Binh Nguyen
Binh Nguyen

An ambitious individual with a lot of interests in arts, psychology, politics, and knowledge. Writing is a passion to release pent-up energy that weighs me down. Self-expression is a must to feel independent of social norms. Knowledge is crucial for understanding and making decisions.