Get Ready to Confront Your Emotions
Your emotions are your barometer in life. They let you know when all is well and they tell you when it isn’t. When you get stressed, your emotions can turn from happy to angry.
You can feel blue. If you don’t address your emotions, they’ll impact your thinking and your health. Most people push their emotions aside and act stoic because they haven’t learned good coping skills and avoidance is what feels comfortable for them.
But if you want to find stress relief, one of the first steps to take is to deal with your emotions. It’s not enough to try to address the stress in the moment that it happens.
By addressing the root cause of the emotions, you gain stress relief.
The problem is that like others, you may not enjoy confronting your feelings. It’s not comfortable. Sometimes, there can be fear there – or pain. And no one really wants to dig around in topics that make them uncomfortable.
But you’ll have to do that if you want to eliminate stress. If you turn away from your emotions, that might seem like it’s the best way to handle them. You might think that if you don’t have to deal with what you feel, then you won’t be stressed.
Pushing your emotions aside does work – but only for a little while. You can bet that eventually, they will come back the next time you’re stressed. Only by then, they might be tougher to deal with and you’ll feel even worse and have more stress.
Maybe you haven’t wanted to confront your feelings because they’re in an area you can’t face. You’re struggling in a relationship and it’s so stressful. Your emotions are up and down and you’re losing sleep.
Putting off confronting the emotions over that relationship might feel like it’s the best course of action, but it’s not. Everything will get worse. You might have a friendship where there are issues that keep you stressed but you don’t want to deal with those emotions because you’re afraid that might be the end.
When it boils down to it, you really only have two choices in life. You can confront the emotions and gain real stress relief or you can keep doing what you’ve been doing that clearly isn’t working for you.
When you confront your emotions, it helps you learn how to handle your feelings so that they’re not used to hurt you when you’re stressed. You won’t beat yourself up, and you won’t have guilt.
Confront your feelings, but be gentle with yourself when you do so. Allow yourself to understand why you feel the way that you do. This will help you determine if you need to take action in a situation or with a person.
When you confront your emotions, it builds strength that’s more powerful than stress. That’s because emotions can give you mental strength, but stress drains your energy.