So often, I see people striving to be happy 100% of the time…trying to eliminate all negative emotion from their lives.
Though that sounds amazing at first thought, the reality is that we are all human & meant to feel a variety of emotions.
Different events, circumstances and experiences elicit different feelings for different individuals…and our emotional responses are human and should be embraced.
What would it be like to feel happy 100% of the time? Would you even be able to identify the feeling as happy without the contrast?
Learning to embrace your emotions and allowing yourself to feel them all the way through is one of the best ways to protect your mental health. It helps you to become more conneed with your mind & body through all the experiences that you go through in life.
When you suppress your feelings & don't allow yourself the time to process them, you:
Oftentimes will experience fight-or-flight (whether that be in that moment or later when it all resurfaces....because it definitely will!)
Increase the amount of stress on your body, which can: high blood pressure, increased heart rate & slowing of the digestive system.
Will experience higher levels of anxiety & depression.
Not everything needs immediate fixing.
You don’t need to “get over it” on someone else’s timeline.
One size does not fit all when it comes to emotional experiences and regulation.
Life is not all rainbows and daisies.
Life is 50/50. Full of many great moments, as well as a number of moments of sadness, grief, anger or discomfort. Find compassion for yourself through tough times & allow yourself to fully feel the different vibrations running through your body.
Embracing your feelings allows for you to process them at your own pace, in your own authentic way, causing you to connect on a deeper level with your mind & body throughout your own unique journey through life.
You are human.
Human is beautiful!