When someone asks you how are you feeling, it is a good idea to give them an honest answer. It allows the other person to understand your emotions, and it may also help them respond in a more appropriate way.
But identifying your feelings can be difficult. It’s not like you can see a bruised knee, and it’s not always easy to notice subtle signals that indicate how you feel. That’s why some people find it helpful to use visual tools, just as doctors have used the Wong-Baker FACES scale to describe their pain level, and business managers have embraced Mood Elevator charts.
Another helpful tool is keeping a journal or writing about your feelings. This can help you become more familiar with your feelings, and it can help you identify patterns that may occur in the situations when you feel certain emotions. You can also learn more about your emotions by noticing how they are expressed in art, music, and movies.
If you need help figuring out your feelings, it’s okay to turn to an expert for support. You can start a conversation with a counselor or coach who can help you process what you’re going through, and there are many online resources that can connect you with trained support providers.