When someone asks you “How are you feeling?” or you are given a prompt (as in the Journals for Seekers) to name how you are feeling today, are you at a loss for describing the myriad of emotions flowing through you?
Sometimes feelings can be physical – as in a “gut feeling” or intuition, feeling sick to your stomach, or feeling blah. Sometimes feelings are emotional – like happy, sad, grief, curiosity, serenity, courage, confidence, or anger. As Peter Burke states, it’s important to pay attention to both kinds – what your body tells you, or what thoughts arise.
Science has proven that identifying your feelings “tricks” your brain – helping you overcome negative feelings or enhancing positive ones. As you become aware of feeling your feelings and recording them, you may notice that you don’t have the word to describe it. That’s not uncommon with so many having grown up being taught that only happiness is “allowed.”
You can start with the basics. The Feelings Wheel suggests these seven: bad, fearful, angry, disgusted, sad, happy, and surprised. Then move out from these to get more in-depth.
To help you discover the words that best suit you, there are many sources you can use – such as the Feelings Wheel or try the selection below.
A variety of words
According to the BBC, the Scots have logged 421 words for snow – “including “snaw” (snow), “sneesl” (to begin to rain or snow) and “skelf” (a large snowflake).” There are many options for grief, happiness, sensations and the other nuanced feelings you are
Start with these lists. If you don’t find the word that suits you, make one up! The important part is being aware of what you are feeling, and then journal them to be on the path to feeling your best.