I’ve always been the type of person who had a hard time admitting that I actually had feelings. I’m a very emotional person, but I’ve always kept the feelings inside. Throughout my life, especially these past few years, I have worked on finding ways to handle my feelings safely and effectively, without pushing them all inside.
I kept my stresses and sorrows inside for so long, which resulted in my body physically acting out against me by getting sick. This isn’t a sob story, I swear. I’m here to tell you that there are so many ways to work through whatever feelings you may have. It’s taken me a long time, but I’ve learned a lot of things that let my mind and body release the buildup of negative emotions passing through it.
First and foremost, you are allowed to cry. Anytime, anywhere. Crying is normal. Some cry easier than others, but we all do it at some point. What I have learned is that my emotions won’t get the best of me if I combine my feelings with a bit of logic. I think through my problems as I feel them. As I always write to you, it can always be worse. I tell myself that every day. Then I think about whatever I’m feeling and figure out why I’m feeling it, and how I can make it better. There are plenty of stereotypical pep-talks I can give myself. Those work sometimes. But, whether I’m writing it down or saying it out loud to one of my friends, I always feel better after I get to the root of a problem. I can still be sad, but it brings me peace to understand where the emotions come from. Self reflection is incredibly therapeutic, even though facing problems head-on can be scary.
Writing it out (as I do in this blog and a journal) definitely helps. Talking helps. Music helps. Yoga helps. Dancing (I’m a dancer) helps. Find what helps you! As an artist, I respond best when working through a plethora of different “artistic” activities, but, I do believe finding an artistic outlet can help any individual with emotional expression. Try something new! Get inspired. I feel on top of the world when my soul becomes excited about something…or anything!
Explore your mind, body and soul and find an outlet for yourself. Don’t keep it inside. Hopefully you understand that I’m not telling you to spew your emotions all over the place, but to find ways to use your emotions, rather than let them live inside of you without a safe way to exit your mind and body!
When you feel yourself losing control of your happiness, take a moment to remember the beautiful things about life. Then, dive into your brain and address your feelings with a brave heart. I feel confident enough to promise you that you will begin to feel better. Your emotions are real. Our bodies respond to everything, even what we feel emotionally, so treat your body kindly in every way possible. Your life is yours to live. Find the beauty in who you are and let it guide you to a peaceful mind.
Sending much love from my soul to yours,
The Sunflower Child