Sometimes the hardest thing is to embrace feelings – our own and others. Embracing your feelings is the first step to understanding them. There is a difference between emotions and feelings.
- Emotions are innate and our physical response to specific triggers.
- Feelings integrate our reactions and mental reactions with our emotions. We get these feelings through our experiences with an emotion. For instance, if I expect to hear from someone I love (that is traveling), I would associate that feeling with an experience where a loved one could not contact me, but the person was in trouble.
I am no psychologist, but the more I integrate my mind, body, and soul in my experiences, the better I understand it. I’m still awestruck each time I discover what triggers certain feelings (especially the adverse reactions). The more I realize what’s happening, the more I know what I need to work through.
I used to panic on a long string of “under-the-weather” days. My anxiety would get the best of me. The subtle hints from friends underplaying my feelings with the “me too” syndrome. Noticing loved ones feeling tired or irritated but guilty for feeling that way. Most of all being the hardest on myself. I thank God that I am learning how to just go with it and make note of whom to turn to for support. I thank God for being okay to stay in my safe area. I thought sharing was growth, but my growth is actually being okay with doing whatever I need to do until I feel good again.
Embrace your feelings, and you’ll learn a lot about yourself. For example, I am the most productive when I am in despair. I find doing something useful is my best medicine. I also find loving the little moments serve as joy injections. It helps me appreciate God’s comfort.
Start your day with gratitude, and it will give you a better attitude. And YES, my day started after lunchtime. 3:00 PM is my new morning! … hopefully not for too long.