500 Words on Why We Should Embrace Our Emotions Not Exclude Them

Thursday, September 20, 2018 Las Vegas, NV, USA

"I should feel guilty, but instead I feel relieved." "I know I shouldn't let something this bother me, but it does." Raise your hand if you have ever been victimized by your emotions?

Raise your hand if you've ever been victimized by Regina George

Yeah, same here. Honestly, I'm 24, and I can't say I am fully aware of my emotions and the role they play in my life. It is something I have struggled with since I can remember. It is just hard for me to express emotions in situations. For others, they may have a lot of emotions. They empathize with everyone in every case. 

Regardless of your emotional spectrum, we all have them, and I think it's time we talk about them. 

Emotions are your instincts way of communicating with you. It's like that gut feeling your mamma always told you to listen to, but here's the difference. You can't control that gut feeling. Sure you can decide to follow that gut feeling, but it's going to push past any emotions to make sure you know that gut feeling is there and has something to say.

Emotions are slightly more subdued. This is because, in society, we are told to keep our emotions in check. If men cry, they're deemed weak if women show anger they come off as a bitch. Society has shaped our emotions making us as humans feel we are in the wrong for feeling what we feel. 

I 100% get it. I will be the first to tell you to hold it together when it seems like everything that could go wrong is or to not be TOO happy when karma immediately gets that girl that cut you in Starbucks. Controlling your emotions isn't a bad thing, but not acknowledging your feelings is.

Take a second, even half a second, and let your body feel what it wants to feel. There’s a reason your body has emotions like happy, guilty, sad, or confused. Take all of your emotions at face value and let your body feel what it’s feeling. 

If you're happy and you can't explain it, relish in that. That is your moment.

If you're so frustrated you need to take a walk, do so and really take in what angers you.

If you are surprised, revel in your gift because we get so few surprises in life. 

Exploring the deep parts of your limbic system (where main feelings come from) is a great mental health practice and will get you more familiar with who you are as an individual. Understand when you feel joy, fear, sadness, or absolute bliss. 

Your emotions are what make you, you. Don't let anyone or society take a part of you away.

500 Words on Why We Should Embrace Our Emotions Not Exclude Them

1 comment

  1. I 100% agree with this!! Emotions are SO important to acknowledge and figure out how to help/recognize them. Thank you for sharing!


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