Good morning and happy Tuesday. I hope you had a restful night so you can start this week off right, if today is your first day back at work due to yesterday’s American holiday (MLK day).
Thank you for all of the comments on yesterday’s posts. It was really engaging for me to read all of them. That is one of the main reasons I write in the space – to communicate with you all. When I have the opportunity to hear many different opinions, perspectives, and even experiences… that’s how I know I want to keep writing here.
Today I wanted to touch an a piece I read yesterday on DoYouYoga.com. You might remember a few weeks ago I shared this site with you as one of my favorite yoga resources. The piece I read yesterday was called “5 Ways To Start A Self Care Routine.” The reason this post stuck with me actually has something to do with how I was feeling last week, when I encouraged anyone who was feeling heavy about something to actively try to work to feel lighter. I think it’s really interesting how, when I need to read something, it just seems to appear and mimic exactly what I am thinking or going through. Maybe I am simply more aware to those sensitivities and therefore see what I want to see in those moments, but the piece from DoYouYoga was just what I needed.
The last suggestion of the post was to “Allow Yourself to Feel Your Feelings.” How many times have you felt something but pushed it aside because you didn’t want to face the anger, pain or sadness you were feeling? When we don’t acknowledge how we feel, emotions do nothing except build up in our hearts and throw us off-balance.
I am the type of person who usually wants to look strong. I don’t often like to express my feelings explicitly out loud, so I am more likely to harbor an imbalance because I want things to just work out instead of facing them. That is what happened to me last week. I hadn’t been letting myself feel.
Finally I faced what was bothering me, and to be honest – I cried. Messy, salty tears. I let myself get it all out. I cried to my mom. I cried to Cassie. And afterward, I felt so much better. Negative feelings are a form of pent up stress that our bodies do not need to hold on to.
It took me the rest of last week and even into the weekend to mull over what had changed and how I would move forward. Because I allowed myself to feel, I am so much happier this week, and I think things will only get better in terms of that situation.
Our bodies are very intuitive, as are our minds. Let them feel when they want to. You won’t regret it.
Question of the Day:
How do you deal with difficult emotions?