There’s so much happening in the world today – recovering from a pandemic, mass shootings, wars, diseases, food crisis, and the list could really go on. Sometimes it’s hard to feel positive, happy or even to know what to do with all the emotions you’re feeling. Listen, I get it. So, I wanted to share some proven techniques that have worked for me that you can try to get attuned with your feelings and allow yourself to feel your feelings.
Practice Positive Activities
We, as human beings, are hardwired for survival which means that we are often prone to more “negative” emotions and thoughts. Every time our survival instincts kick in, we have this unusual feeling that draws negative feelings toward a person, an event, or even a thing! This is the reason why we have to practice feeling good.
Write a list of activities that makes you feel good – try and do at least 1 of those things a day. Be intentional (and patient) because it takes practice. This activity should help you raise your vibrations and uplift your feelings – promoting more positive emotions and experiences.
Write it all out
We all bottle in our stress, anxieties, fears, shame, doubts, worries, and insecurities more often than we should. The way to release all these feelings and thoughts is to find a release.
Turn on music that can make you emotional. Get a pen and a piece of paper. Set a timer on your phone for 15 minutes. Write anything, especially those negative thoughts you’ve bottled up. Feel your feeling – the rage, the sadness, the doubt. It’s good to get it out of your mind and body. Then try deep breathing for 5-10 minutes. Inhale peace. Exhale negativity. The point is not to dwell on the feelings but to get them out of your system.
“Saying thanks to the world, and acknowledging your own accomplishments, is a great way to feel good and stay positive.”
― Rachel Robins
Whether it is small or big, always remember to celebrate yourself. You can treat yourself to delicious food, a good massage, or whatever makes you feel good. Then, write a gratitude letter to yourself. And it’s not only about work and productivity – celebrate you for simply being you. Always, remember, self-love!
Process your Emotions with a Professional
You don’t have to always do it on your own. Ask for help from a therapist, healer, and/or coach. Someone to help guide you through and help you understand your emotions, your past, and traumas and how they are affecting you today. There’s power in understanding how your lived experiences are coming up in your challenges and hardships so you can learn from them and move through them.