Healthy Ways of Processing Emotions

Processing emotions is about learning to understand, make sense of and deal with emotions in healthy productive ways.

Getting Started

Identify how you are feeling and why you may be feeling this way
If you are experiencing a difficult emotion, try to control your breathing and bring your focus to the present moment and away from what is upsetting you
Once you are feeling calmer and have gained an understanding of what led to you feeling that way, you can begin to think about how you can prevent yourself from
This process is not always easy, so be kind to yourself and allow yourself time to truly figure out and understand your emotions.

Simple Tips

  • Give yourself permission to experience the difficult emotions that you have been ignoring once you are in a safe environment to do so. By doing this, you can really focus on working through whatever you think might be holding you back, and get to the root cause of these feelings.


If you are unsure of how to start this process, some helpful activities that you can try are journaling your emotions, practicing mindfulness, making a list of the emotions you are experiencing at any given moment, or confiding in someone that you trust.