“What in the world?”
Do you feel like you have been asking yourself this question a lot lately? I know I have. Hurricanes, earthquakes, mass shootings, coupled with regular life happenings, it’s a lot to absorb in a short period of time.
There are so many ways to deal with what is happening in the world around you, and sometimes when it feels too overwhelming, your coping mechanism may be to tune out or shut down, and I urge you to do otherwise. Now, that doesn’t mean you need to be glued to your screen immersed in the news, but what I do mean is do not numb your feelings.
Your feelings are not be ignored, brushed aside, or lessened. They are there for a reason, even if it feels like you may not know the reason at the time. Oh, and guess what? You don’t even need a reason to feel the way you do. How’s that for liberating? Even more so, there is no reason to apologize for your feelings. Accept them as they are.
The #healthtip of the week is to Cry It Out! Given what is going on in the world, this health tip comes at the perfect time. There is a lot going on in your life and in the world around you, and it is key to approach your feelings in a healthy way that supports you and provides relief. It is healthy to release your emotions, to let them be felt, instead of pushed away.
How many times have you looked to a container of ice cream, a bottle of wine, or a shopping spree as a source of comfort when you are feeling less than stellar? Perhaps all you need is good cry, to really allow yourself to let go, and to feel it all – the good, bad, ugly, or otherwise. Don’t seek to ignore, minimize or discount your feelings, and instead choose the healthier option of allowing and feeling into them, and notice the relief you feel, with no guilt involved!
Your emotions are not a sign of weakness. Crying does not diminish your strength. I invite you to challenge that perspective and instead view your feelings as your greatest source of strength, your superpowers. You cannot heal what you cannot feel, and the only way out of it is through it.
Here’s to allowing those tears to flow freely! As always, I’m here for you should you need a shoulder to cry on. You are not alone in your feelings, so please remember there is no need to suffer in isolation. Sending love to you.
P.S. For the #healthtip of the week original post, click here.