We all experience emotions, but we don’t experience all emotions in the same way. It isn’t news that we’re each built differently, but it can still be a surprise to realize just what that can mean. Even in situations when we react with the same emotion, our own experience can be vastly different than someone else’s. For people who are more sensitive to anger, happiness, grief, anxiety, or all of the above, it can often feel isolating and as though your reactions are wrong or misunderstood.
When we’re feeling drained, sometimes the best thing that we can do for ourselves is to get a good night of sleep. As tempting as it can be to stay up late binging the latest Netflix show, turning in early can do wonders for both our bodies and emotions. A hard time can feel more manageable when we’ve let ourselves reset. Sometimes, though, we end up laying awake for hours, tossing and turning throughout the night and into an exhausted and defeated morning. After a full night in bed, it can feel incredibly frustrating to begin the day feeling unrested.
You may be trying to prioritize self-care, yet feel stuck and like it’s not working. The good news is: you are not alone. Difficulty sleeping happens to many of us at some point, and there are some effective techniques which can help you improve your sleep and feel ready for the day ahead.
By learning how to label our emotions, we can learn how to take better care of ourselves—the simple act of naming our feelings has actually been shown to help us to feel more in control of them. This can be hard, though. Sometimes emotions feel too overwhelming to handle, and when this happens, we might try coping through unhelpful and unhealthy techniques like screaming at our partner or shutting down. This can lead to us feeling even worse. To move through these difficult moments, it's helpful to try to understand what it is that we’re actually feeling.
It’s tempting to think that if we are smart enough, if we plan well, we can avoid heartbreak and sadness, anger or pain. The problem is – that’s not the way that we’re built. Emotions are our body’s way of motivating us and communicating with ourselves and others. Despite their usefulness, embracing our emotions doesn’t always seem easy. Sometimes feelings are so intense that it may seem impossible. But, by learning how to navigate through these moments, we can begin to feel more confident and in control.
In the thick of depression, anxiety, or even those everyday mood swings, the idea of self-help is almost absurd. You might feel like you’re already underwater, so how exactly are you supposed to throw yourself a life vest? The good news: we all have many of the tools that can help us to feel better. By learning which to use and how to do so, you can begin to move through tough times a little easier.
This is the second video in the series where I'm focusing on what panic attacks are and some things you can do to help yourself get through one. If you haven't already, check out the first video here. Today, I go into detail about what grounding is and why it is a helpful skill to know if you're feeling anxious or having a panic attack.