How many emotions and feelings are there?

How many emotions and feelings are there? A lot. A whole lot. It's useful to have a list handy to be able to recognise and identify your emotions and feelings to help you put into words and work with what comes up for you.

If we don't give a name to our emotions and feelings, it can feel like we are swimming in a mish-mash of a bit of everything. Pinpointing what we are feeling helps bring us to a space of observation.

Here is a by-no-means exhaustive list of emotions and feelings:

Sad Angry Overwhelmed

Shaken up Confused Hurt

Empty Lonely Disappointed

Lost Tired Impatient

Anxious Distracted Bitter

Frustrated Stressed Hopeless

Gloomy Panicky Nervous

Doubtful Worried Annoyed

Uncomfortable Offended Embarrassed

Jealous Trapped Resentful

Insecure Shocked Tense

Discouraged Scared Helpless

Antsy Skeptical Jumpy

Joyful Enthusiastic Hopeful

Happy Calm Optimistic

Excited Grateful Creative

Safe Blessed Proud

Relieved Free Trustful

Patient Energised Loving

Inspired Peaceful Proud

Cheerful Upbeat Playful

Elated Reassured Determined

Amused Confident Focused

Pleased Comforted Pensive

There's no right or wrong emotion or feeling, just being self-aware and compassionate

The next time you feel something bubbling up, see if you can detect what you are feeling.

If you feel inspired, keep a log of your feelings and what triggered them. Then see if you have any go-to feelings in any given situations.

Staying curious and patient with yourself are good ways to look into your emotional environment.

Connecting with how you feel can be empowering

Once you begin to recognise your emotions, you can start to focus on what you would like to feel. You can start exploring how your feelings can help support you.

For example, different ways to find relief like releasing frustrations to welcome in peace, hitting pause on worry to create space for hope, sitting with disappointment a while to allow in playfulness, or getting out bitterness to open the way to creativity.

Once you get to that sweet spot of working with and not against your emotions, don't stop there, keep the momentum going.

Ask yourself questions like:

When you feel good, what are you feeling? What makes you feel that way?

What are your favourite ways to release tension or stress or anything else?

How do you feel once you've released tension or stress or anything else?

What's your feel-good emotion?

Who or what uplifts you?

Who or what makes you smile?

Making a note of what makes you feel good reminds you why you're doing the work. Helping you turn the good stuff into good habits.

If you'd like to dive into the subject further, American psychologist Dr. Robert Plutchik split emotions into 8 categories: joy, sadness, acceptance, disgust, fear, anger, surprise and anticipation. Apparently, there are around 34,000 emotions in total!


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