How to Compartmentalize Emotions?

  • May 05, 2022
  • 5 min Reads
How to Compartmentalize Emotions

A lot of people are struggling in their lives and facing major mental outbreaks due to personal or professional tensions.  Things that happened in the past impact present life due to not letting go of past emotions. If emotions start to negatively affect inner peace, destruction will soon follow. It is necessary to protect your mental health at all costs.

When emotions are allowed to run rampant in every area of your life, it can have a devastating impact on work, home, and every relationship you have. Oftentimes, emotions that stir up at work are brought home, causing tension and stress between partners and children. On the flip side, negative emotions generated at home can affect work relationships and job performance.

Isn’t there any way to stop emotions from rising in the mind and disturbing your mental state?  The most promising solution to this problem is to compartmentalize emotions based on the situation and never let the emotions of one relationship affect the relationship with others. Furthermore, it is important to separate your professional and personal lives so that you can be free and have peace of mind. Why is it important to compartmentalize your emotions?

People need to compartmentalize emotions to enjoy the present life and not think more about past and future stress. It is essential to balance personal and professional networks all together for a proper sync in life. Compartmentalizing is not about denial; it’s about putting things in their proper places and not allowing them to get in the way of the rest of your life. You can’t expect your problems to go away if you ignore them, but stressing over them won’t help either.

How to Compartmentalize Emotions

  1. Identify your emotions
  2. Determine what thoughts, worries, and emotions go into each box
  3. Avoid exaggerated negativity
  4. Determine an appropriate time to address the content of each box
  5. Let work stay at work
  6. Maintain boundaries
  7. Avoid multitasking
  8. Keep things in their respective boxes
  9. Schedule your day

This is the technique of focusing all of your energy and attention on a single problem. In the realm of psychology, compartmentalizing is viewed as a defensive or coping strategy, but when done effectively, it may be a powerful tool for problem-solving. Here are some examples of how to compartmentalize emotions in a healthy way

1) Identify your emotions

The foremost step to compartmentalizing emotions is identifying the emotions that are prevailing in the heart and mind . You can never find peace in the world if you do not understand the sadness going on inside your heart. Do not try to keep your emotions hidden in your heart. Rather, try to show them to your life partner or friends who can understand your problems and provide you with the right direction. Reassess yourself and discover the problems you are facing.

2) Determine what thoughts, worries, and emotions go into each box

After self-reassessment, you will be able to classify your problems into different categories. List your problems on a notepad and write the worries you are facing below the corresponding problem. It will help you to decide the main reasons behind the stress and the consequences of the stress.

3) Avoid exaggerated negativity

Being around negative people or thinking negatively about certain actions will always fill your heart and mind with stress and ignorance. Negative thoughts are the biggest enemies of your mind and can corrupt your mind towards the wrong things. Try to remain positive and smile in every situation to reduce your mental stress and compartmentalize your emotions. 

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4) Determine an appropriate time to address the content of each box

There is a fixed time to solve every problem. Do not try to solve your problems all at once, as this can create a tight and messy situation in life. It can confuse you regarding decision-making and therefore create more difficulties for you. You must have prior knowledge of the correct time to address all kinds of problems in life. Maintaining a dynamic problem-solving approach can help you solve all your prevailing issues in a timely manner.

5) Let work stay at work

You should never try to merge your frustrations at the office and household chores with each other. The worst day in the office should also not be reflected in your behavior. Taking the office stress of work home can make the house a warzone with the absence of peace and relaxation.

6) Maintain boundaries

You must set a limit or boundary for your thinking about a particular problem. If you keep focusing on a single problem for a long time, it will ultimately cause sadness and disturbance in your life.  Set boundaries between the problems and don’t let one problem cross the boundary and interfere with the solution to another problem.

7) Avoid multitasking

Multitasking helps you perform multiple tasks simultaneously. But this can also create problems as your entire schedule can get disturbed if any one of their tasks takes too much time. Handling multiple tasks can produce heavy traffic in the mind, which can result in stress and anxiety.

8) Keep things in their respective boxes

Don’t try to deal with the problems until the correct time comes to address them. Addressing multiple problems at one time can cause stress in your mind and heart.

9) Schedule your day

The most vital step for compartmentalizing emotions is planning a schedule for your day-to-day chores. An efficiently scheduled day will never create stress and confusion in your decision-making and will help you maintain peace and control of your mind.


Balancing emotions is a vital part of life to maintain peace and reduce stress in the mind. It is important to compartmentalize emotions to enjoy the present life without focusing on past or future problems. It includes identifying problems and being mindful of their corresponding worries and issues, maintaining a boundary between the workplace and home, and scheduling your day for proper management.

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