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4 Ways I Manage My Emotional Intensity

I spent years calling my emotional intensity as “the storm inside me” because of the way my feelings come on quickly and consume me, much like a tornado can roll in with almost no notice and level a town.

In those moments, my emotions would run everything, and I felt completely out of control. After I discharged from my local psychiatric hospital’s intensive outpatient program, though, I started dialectical behavior therapy — and I soon discovered the power of distress tolerance skills.

If you aren’t familiar with distress tolerance skills, they essentially help you manage emotional distress without making your emotional intensity escalate.

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