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.
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.
Last month, I posted a blog about what you can do to help yourself get through a panic attack. I received a lot of interest in this topic, so I decided to start a short video series where I can go into a bit more detail.
Your heart is racing. Your palms won’t stop sweating. You can’t catch your breath. It feels like a weight is on your chest...like you're losing your mind...it feels like you actually...might...die. This is not the first time it has happened, and it has an all too familiar feeling. It’s a panic attack. You want to run out of the room, but you’re sitting in a meeting, checking out at the market, or riding in the car. So, what can you do?
Depression often looks differently from person to person. Some symptoms such as sadness, hopelessness, or suicidal thoughts are more commonly known of and talked about. But, there are several other lesser talked about symptoms that are frequently seen in people who are depressed.
Torie Cueto, LMFT
Torie is a licensed therapist in San Diego, California providing individual therapy for adults both in-person and online.