We all experience feelings and emotions, negative and positive, whether we acknowledge it or not. For some though, feeling these emotions can seem overwhelming, like an out-of-control roller coaster. Sometimes we think we need to be “strong” or not express how we feel so we can “keep it together.”
We tend to push away uncomfortable feelings and as a result develop unhelpful coping skills. Some examples are: abusing alcohol or other substances, self-injury, avoiding or withdrawing from difficult situations, physical or verbal aggression, excessive social media use, to the exclusion of other responsibilities.
I challenge you to feel your feelings! How does one do this, you might ask?
Talking with friends, exercising, writing in a journal, meditation, THERAPY, taking care of self when physically ill, getting adequate sleep, paying attention to negative thoughts that occur before or after strong emotions, noticing when you need a break – and taking it!