Social media related anxiety is at an all time high and the negative feelings you can sometime feel from swiping through the ‘gram can be overwhelming. The next time you ﬁnd yourself in a bad mood, pinpoint exactly what is bothering you and describe your feelings. Are you missing out? Frustrated? Exhausted? Feeling inadequate?
Instead of resigning yourself to a generalized negative mood for the next few hours, label your emotions.
People who are able to differentiate their negative emotions are better at regulating and managing them.
Knowing what is wrong can empower you to seek a solution and tailor a response to the situation. For example, recognizing that you felt flustered after a big test might prompt you to speak to a teacher. Feeling “bad” doesn’t provide you with the same kind of useful information. It just hovers over you like a cloud. And because it is so vague, it can easily spill into other aspects of your life and be the reason you feel bad for the entire day.
Emotional differentiation is a skill that can be learned and deployed on a daily basis. By expanding your emotional vocabulary, you are giving yourself the tools to label and understand an array of emotional states. Not only will your bad moods be less bad, you will be better equipped to handle negativity when it arises.