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"Harmony Within: Nurturing Mind, Body, and Soul Through Emotional Awareness"

Updated: Nov 18, 2023

Why do we often shy away from our emotions when they're, in essence, a form of energy?

Our guide to truly feeling your feelings encourages you to acknowledge your fears and gain insights into your mind.

Feeling overwhelmed is a sentiment many can relate to, and the societal tendency to suppress emotions often leaves us feeling imbalanced and even ashamed.

But what if, instead of bottling up these emotions, we allowed ourselves to release them?

Research increasingly suggests that leaning into our emotions is beneficial for our health, while suppressing them can worsen negative feelings like anger and pain.

It's time to open the floodgates and challenge phrases like 'get a grip' or 'stop feeling sorry for yourself.'

This language fosters fear around certain emotions, hindering our ability to process grief, anger, and sadness effectively.

Psychotherapist Tina Gilbertson highlights that suppressing emotions negatively impacts our bodies and can lead to a sense of emptiness or depression.

Embracing emotional diversity, experiencing both positive and negative emotions, has been linked to reduced inflammation in the body.

Rather than criticizing ourselves, Tina suggests a compassionate approach. True wallowing, as she puts it, is an act of self-care and compassion.

Allowing ourselves to feel bad is acknowledging our pain and accepting it rather than dismissing it. Instead of trying to 'get over something,' Tina advises using kinder words to articulate emotions and pain, offering simple words of comfort like 'I am human.'

Courage is required to move towards emotional pain instead of away from it. Embracing painful feelings doesn't worsen them, and once we understand this, it becomes easier to commit to the process.

Remind yourself that it's okay to experience all feelings.

Naming your emotions can be powerful, and it's crucial to remember that feelings are separate from behavior.

Allowing yourself to feel something doesn't necessitate acting on it; all feelings are safe, but behavior can take us down a different path.

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