It is not abnormal to experience many emotions at once. Though, at times, this can be an overwhelming experience, today I invite you to embrace those feelings without judgement.
How are you feeling today? Happy? Sad? Surprised? Angry? Tired? I mean, it is Monday. You may feel excited to start a new week or you may already be overwhelmed by the amount of things that you must tend to. Or maybe you feel both of these things simultaneously. We rarely feel only one emotion at a time. In fact, there are 27 categories of emotions and its likely that you are experiencing many of them even while reading this post.
Story time: This past week, my business partner and I made the decision to close our first studio location. When the announcement was made, we received an outpouring of love and support from our friends and family. When asked how I felt, I didn't have much of an answer. Part of me wanted to kick, scream and yell, but there were other parts of me that were elated and at ultimate peace with the decision. In that moment, I realized how much joy can be found in sad times and how relaxation can be met even in the middle of chaos, and it is perfectly normal to feel everything! I experienced sadness coexisting in happiness and embraced it. In this acceptance of all of these emotions, I felt a weight lifted from my chest simply because I stopped fighting the emotions, and instead let them happen.
Instead of fighting or hiding how you feel this week, let's:
Get curious! Really take a moment to ask yourself "how do I feel?" What are you feeling in your head and heart right now? In this moment, be open, honest and vulnerable with yourself. There is no one to judge how you feel nor can they suggest how you should feel about anything that is happening in your world right now.
Name your emotions! Don't ease around the things that you're feeling. Confront them head on! When you give them a name and address them, you take your power back. Despite how odd it seems to admit how you're feeling, especially as it relates to certain emotions, naming them allows you to dive deeper, explore the things that are troubling you, and accept them without judgment.
Feel the sensations! If you are happy, allow yourself to smile or laugh. If you're sad, it is okay to cry. How is your body reacting to how you feel? Explore your thoughts. For a moment, feel all of the sensations of your body's response to those feelings. Breathe them in and release them at your own pace.
Process! You have named your emotions and you have allowed yourself to feel them. You've taken your power back by making the decision to actively address them and become vulnerable as you process your internal state. You have given yourself the tools that you need to truly show up for yourself. By assessing your needs in whatever state that you're in, you begin to navigate your world with greater ease because you now know exactly what you need when you need it.
As always, I'm proud of you! It's going to be a great week, especially since you're better capable of processing and managing your emotions.
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