1. Not thinking clearly and making bad judgements
As the saying goes, ‘Never reply when you’re angry. Never make decisions when you’re sad. Never make promises when you;re happy”.
How many times had doing this led to undesirable outcomes? Think of the couple who mistakenly fell out due to a petty misunderstanding. Or the elderly who get scammed of their retirement money after being flattered by a con artist.
Those who get easily swayed by strong emotions bear the risk of highly irrational decisions.
2. Feeling stuck
It is okay to feel stuck. However, staying stuck is not.
Feelings of fear and insecurity can be paralyzing. Even worse, it can alter our perception. It is human nature to remember events that elicit strong emotions. When we look back on experiences, emotions are known to polarize our views.
Negative emotions can cloud our belief system. Feelings of incompetency and fear may lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy – where one may not put in effort because they feel that they would fail anyway. This may build up to feelings of being stuck, as we may start to feel that we are not good at anything we do.
3. Lack of energy and Motivation
Emotions are tiring – physically and mentally.
For those who keep getting overwhelmed by situations in their life, it may be due to their strong emotions. A common way to cope with negative emotions would be to run away. This may involve completely avoiding situations or escaping through sleep.
However, we can’t run away from everything. Difficult tasks can make us feel frustrated, sad, or even helpless. But if we keep avoiding them, we may never grow.
4. Chronic Stress
Strong emotions take a toll on the body.
As mentioned earlier, the parts of the brain that control emotion are interconnected to the parts that regulate hormones. Consistent emotional stress can lead to our body chemistry going haywire.
This could lead to chronic health problems such as high blood pressure and lowered immune systems. Furthermore, it may lead to maladaptive coping behaviors such as drinking or binge eating – which will also affect physical health.
5. Bad Interpersonal Relationships
Emotions may seem like something personal. However, how we feel affects the people around us as well.
In a social context, how we react to negative emotions gives others a signal of whether we are pleasant or unpleasant people to be with. Would you want to be associated with a person who becomes violent each time they feel frustrated? Or a person who is always moody and finds fault in every situation?
Emotional stress and being overwhelmed by emotions can have adverse effects on our choices, goals, motivation, health and relationships. However, there are healthy ways to deal with it to reach better outcomes.