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Building a Better Emotional Life
These Six Ingredients Are Ground Zero
Levin, R.N., T.S.T.A.
Pamela Levin is an R.N.
and a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst with 500+ postgraduate hours in clinical
nutrition, herbology and applied kinesiology. In private practice 42 years, she has seen
first-hand the commonalities between the emotional tasks of infants and children and those of
adults. She teaches her award-winning work on the process of healthy emotional
development throughout life in
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Many of life's emotional stresses, shocks and challenges are
out of our control. We don't know when they're going to happen, we don't want them and we'd choose differently if
Then also, many of life's emotional rewards can seem too few and far between - again, feeling way too far out of
Yet there are some key aspects of our emotional lives that are within our control. And the good news is, that
taking charge of those things that are within our control can increase life's emotional rewards, decrease the
stresses and shocks, and help us weather them more easily when they do occur.
Each of these various activities can all be summarized under the heading, "taking care of emotional ground
This is the part of our emotional lives that has to do with our very BEING - in other words, our existence. To
minimize the stresses and negatives in life and increase the positives, we need to focus first and foremost on
strengthening and improving these aspects of our lives because they contribute to our survival.
For example, we can consider where we stand with each of the following and decide to improve where we need to:
1. Do I get enough sleep, and is it of high enough quality -
deep, uninterrupted, restorative rest?
2. Do I feed myself nutritious food in sufficient amounts with high
enough quality and variety while minimizing intake of fake and/or
3. Do I get enough air - do I breathe deeply enough, ventilate
rooms adequately, do what I can to keep the air of high quality?
4. To what extend is my attitude toward myself positive,
5. Do I give myself enough down time, so that I allow myself to
be a human being instead of a human doing?
6. Do I build and encourage relationships that support my right
to exist and honor my needs and feelings, while taking
constructive steps to free myself from those that are abusive,
critical, or downright toxic?
Paying attention to and improving these aspects of our lives that are within our control, we build a firm
internal foundation that can withstand the inevitable storms and earthquakes might otherwise shatter us. This
aspect of our emotional selves is covered in detail by the author along with each of the other key ingredients in
Emotional Develoment 101.
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