In the times we are living in currently, everyone is living their best lives based on what they show on social media. With constant positivity being highly encouraged and busyness being the new norm, honoring our emotions seems more challenging than ever. These things help us get out of ourselves rather than going inward, where the true healing lies.
The truth is that identifying and processing our emotions is the key to healing instead of pretending everything is okay.
Want to know the “not-so” secret behind our emotions?
The well-known secret is that our emotions tell us a lot about where we are in our life. Our emotions tend to be triggered by external or internal factors that are out of balance. Often from our childhood experiences, our feelings become harder to understand later on as adults because they manifest in other areas of our lives, such as specific fears or particular impulses.
But hiding our emotions won’t do us any favors. The path to designing our happiest life is all about understanding them and then finding out what we need to do to change them.
Whether you have anxiety about certain occurrences, are experiencing high levels of stress, or feel low or unconfident, we will go through some 1:1 healing practices for processing emotions that you can integrate into your daily rituals for emotional wellness.
Process Your Emotions With Any Of These Six Healing Practices
Reflective Writing or Journaling
This is the most important practice consisting of writing down your thoughts without judgment. After writing, revisit what you’ve written to try and identify hurtful patterns. The key is to not overthink it and to be as honest as you can with your writing. I recommend doing this at the start after meditation when your mind is open and receptive to spiritual downloads. Or at the end of your day for deep reflection over all that occurred. Not sure what to write about? Journal prompts relating to how you feel is a helpful way to get your pen moving across the page.
Inner Child Work
Working with your inner child consists of reflecting to identify any fears you may have established when you were a child; Fears that could be affecting your emotional well-being as an adult today. By listing your fears and negative experiences from your childhood, you’ll be able to identify any parallels in your adult life that are the root cause of the emotional blocks you might have today. If possible, ask your family for help.
Talking It Through
Having someone you can trust to have conscious conversations with, whether a counselor or a close friend, is highly beneficial when needing to process your emotions without bias or judgment. Communicating with a trusted friend or professional is not for them to give advice but to offer a safe space for you to release what you’re feeling.
Facing Your Fears
Facing your fear has to be the most challenging healing practice, but it does not have to be such a challenge. Facing your fears is about going to the source of the emotions you are experiencing to reflect, release, and move forward finally. Sometimes, our negative emotions last a long time because we haven’t done the work to change their underlying causes. With this practice, I encourage taking tiny steps to help you slowly get out of that comfort zone. For example, if your job is the primary source of your emotional stress and anxiety, the goal when facing your fear would be removing yourself from that department or even that environment altogether. To help gather the courage when facing your fear, first write what you would say or do. Rehearse it, have a partner support you, and hold you accountable.
Stillness & Meditation
The magic of meditation is that it allows us to silence our thoughts long enough to identify how we genuinely feel inside without outside interruptions. Meditation, when practiced regularly, cultivates a habit of healing and successfully processing your emotions. I recommend practicing for 20 minutes in the morning after a yoga practice or before journaling in the evening. For guidance, meditation tools like the Insight Timer app are extremely helpful in guiding you to a place of mental calm and stillness.
Having a mental check-in with yourself halfway through the day is a way to shift towards what you need if you’re feeling off balance. Whether it’s a glass of water, a few stretches, or a couple of deep breaths, only five minutes is all it takes to figure out how to best care for yourself at that moment. This quick healing practice lets you take better note of your thoughts and triggers to shift towards feeling better emotionally and energetically.
Receive Emotional Wellness With These Healing Practices
Mastering your emotions and achieving emotional wellness takes time. The key is to avoid putting pressure on yourself to feel better. Instead of forcing a better result, honor what you are feeling at that present moment.
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