Many people have been taught to bury their pain and go on with life not knowing that these suppressed emotions are toxic to one’s life. Emotional baggage is usually the true self that wants to express something that the false self does not want to express. The true self is the part of us that is naturally curious, trusting and open, on the other hand the false self pops up as a set of adaptive strategies to deal with pain. Moreover, repressed negative emotions always weigh people down, changes their mood and drains one’s energy. Below, we have explained some of the ways you can let go off emotional baggage.
Acknowledge Your Feelings
Understanding your emotionalworldhelpsa lot in ensuring that you can break down your emotions in a healthy way. The first step is to connect and understand your own emotions. Repressing emotions may cause trouble when you want to identify those feelings. Therefore, you can acknowledge your feelings by exploring ways to categorise your emotions to enable you make sense of them.
Work through Past Trauma
Sometimes people carry emotional baggage from their childhood to adulthood. Some of the emotional baggage that people carry include; bullying, neglect, loss of loved one and dysfunction at home. These unresolved past trauma shows up in many ways such as; depression, self-blaming, withdrawal from social activities and blaming others. In order to deal with past trauma it is important to feel the sombreness of the fact that you never got what you wanted at that time. Once you have felt the grief, you can acknowledge the adaptive mechanism you developed as a result. This will help you modify your emotional strategy better to meet your needs.
Intentional movement creates a sense of safety in our bodies that we may not have experienced before. Intentional movement uses body-first approach to free unprocessed trauma to promote emotional healing. Therefore practicing some intentional movements like yoga, martial arts, dancing, belly breathing exercises and meditative walking will definitely help.
Being still disengages one from external disturbances and it helps promote better internal connection with one’s own thoughts and feelings. Stillness is like oxygen to the soul, it is nourishing to both body and mind. Stillness allows emotions to come into consciousness.
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