Today’s #MindfulnessMonday Tip: The only way to stop being trapped in the past or future by your emotions is to start accepting your emotions!
Today’s Mindfulness Exercise:
Understanding and Accepting Your Emotions
Sitting in a quiet, comfortable space, I want you to focus on your breathing. Once you’re fully relaxed – but not sleeping – think about your day and how you’re feeling right now. What is happening in your life? Are you anxious, frustrated, stressed, upset, angry, saddened, or disappointed about anything? If not, I applaud you. If you are feeling any of these emotions lets take a few minutes to accept them.
Whatever the cause, and it really doesn’t matter, you need to understand that your emotions are natural. It’s okay to feel frustrated, angry, sad. It’s okay to feel whatever it is you’re feeling. It’s how you deal with those emotions that matter. Learning to accept them will allow you to deal with them in a healthy, non-disruptive way.
As you focus on the negative emotions you might be feeling, I want you to take long, slow, deep breaths in then release those breaths with the mantra “It’s natural to feel this way. It’s okay for me to feel this way.”
Continue this for 3-5 minutes and repeat any time your emotions start to feel overwhelming.
Keeping a journal is a great way to connect with your emotions. This could be through a joy journal, a gratitude journal, an acts of kindness journal, or even a rant journal. If you’re wondering what a rant journal is… you’re in luck, because that is today’s journaling exercise.
For five minutes, and only five minutes, I give you permission to rant… This is useful when you’re feeling upset, angry, sad, overly emotional in any way. Avoid writing down what you think is causing your emotions… avoid blame. Simply write down the emotions you’re feeling. Recognizing your emotions and understanding that it is natural to feel those things is the first step in allowing yourself to accept your emotions without giving them the power to become overwhelming.
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