It was important that I learn how to express my emotions in a healthy way this year. All my life I have had a habit to bottle my feelings and suddenly explode like a firecracker. First of all, it was scary for the person witnessing my outburst. Secondly, I withdrew further after the outburst.
Coping With Your Emotions in a Healthy Way
I was one of those people who felt expressing my emotions meant I was not a strong person. But I am a human being and feel a wide range of emotions. If I learned to cope with them, perhaps I wouldn’t have had years of bottled up resentments.
Everyone has a different way in coping with their emotions, but it must be done in a way that allows you to embrace and accept your state of mind and also let off steam.
Acknowledge and Accept Your State of Mind
Whatever you are feeling, don’t shove it away. Really feel the emotion deeply. The more you push it away, the more it will come back with force.
Because once you’ve admitted what you are feeling, you can let yourself hang in that state until you feel it completely and then move to swimming out of the emotion.
For example: This week, I felt a wave of confusion and sadness hit me. The old me would’ve just sunk myself into my work and driven myself to do more work and not pay any attention to my emotional health.
But I didn’t do that. I lied down and let the tears come out. I know why I was feeling this way and I had to deal with it. I had to feel it intensely. And once I did let it out, I felt a calming sensation take over me. I could accept I am human and move forward with my week. It’s a powerful way to feel strength and vulnerability at the same time.
What is your biggest takeaway from this post? Please share with me in the comments.