Since emotions provide us with the wisdom to understand ourselves, it is important to listen deeply in order to know how to best navigate our lives. When we ignore this information 2 main problems arise: Firstly, we make decisions based on mental constructs that often contradict what we’re actually feeling, leading us down a path of in-authenticity and suffering. Secondly, repressed emotions are not resolved emotions. When we stuff our feelings down they find ways to pop back up during inopportune times and perhaps even worse, they tend to run us subconsciously, meaning that we make decisions based upon them without even realizing it. Emotions are a very natural part of human life and while they can at times be disruptive to our routine, they are an important part of our mental and emotional health. The best way to manage them is to make time for their expression and understanding. This can be done in a myriad of ways, including: walks in nature, visits with friends, creative arts projects, sitting down for a good cry, scream, etc., taking a yoga class, seeing a therapist and the list goes on and on. Making friends with our emotions also allows us to learn how to regulate them so that we can become their masters, rather than their slaves.