You are an emotional being (which is probably why you're interested in knowing strategies for managing your emotions in stressful times.) It’s healthy and powerful to be in touch with emotions, even though everyone feels them at different levels at different times.
People sometimes disconnect with their emotions as a result of going through major events and it’s key to work on removing the shame around that and reconnect with the upside—feeling stuff means you’re alive.
We want to move into a space with our emotions where we stop pushing them away and let them just exist inside our bodies.
One of the interesting things about emotions is they come and go without warning. You might be walking down the street, smell something that takes you somewhere, hear a line in a song that triggers a memory, and, bang, up pops emotions you didn’t plan for.
Emotions come up with no notice, then they go away—if you let them.
One of the things we can become really great at is trapping emotions inside our body. If you repress an emotion, you keep it somewhere inside and it hangs around.
If sadness come up and youu fight it by saying, ‘I’m not a sad person, I hate this’ it will stay with you longer than if you say, ‘Okay, I’m sad, I’m going to let myself feel lit.’
Emotions are designed to be felt, to pass through us, then let go.
This is a key to building emotional resilience. When there's crazy stuff happening and we can handle it without becoming overly sensitive if someone doesn’t like our shoes.
Most of us are like this until we start getting some education and doing some work and learning to embrace what we’re feeling. Then the sensitivity goes away and is replaced by empowerment and confidence and guess, what, we’re still in touch with our emotions.