"𝘌𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘭𝘴; 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘨𝘰 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘥. 𝘌𝘹𝘩𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘦 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘤𝘬 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯." ~ @brenebrown, quoting Emily & Amelia Nagoski from their new book, 𝘉𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘵.
Our lives are multifaceted, and often emotions get put in a separate category, like a box we shove away that we don't have time - or make time - to sort through. But 𝙚𝙢𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙣𝙫𝙤𝙡𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙮. And each one creates 𝙖 𝙣𝙚𝙪𝙧𝙤𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙢𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙤𝙙𝙮. They are a driving force in all of us, an essential part of human life, and a factor in disease.
But what do we do with them? 𝘏𝘰𝘸 do we work with them? If it sounds exhausting to tend to every emotion you have, I feel ya. We can't always do this, especially in a situation where the appropriate action calls for setting our emotions aside and dealing with them later.
And therein lies key - dealing with them later. 🗝
What Emily & Amelia's book 𝘉𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘵 is presenting, is actually good news: We don't always have to change the issue that sparked the emotion. We just have to deal with the feeling (or physical reaction) from it.
And here are some ways to do so:
▫️Positive social interaction (I know, a more challenging one in a pandemic!)
▫️Affection (i.e. a 20 second hug)
▫️A big cry
And though it wasn't mentioned, I'd like to propose 𝗮𝗰𝘂𝗽𝘂𝗻𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 for this list as well📍
One thing I love about Chinese Medicine is that emotions are woven into it. They are a recognized 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲. There are acupuncture points that help the body process the neurochemical responses of emotion, so we don't get stuck there - or burnt out.
𝘼𝙣𝙮 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪'𝙙 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙙𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙩?
I highly recommend the podcast episode (Unlocking Us, Oct 14th 2020). And if it sparks your interest, consider reading Emily & Amelia's book 𝘉𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘵.
#burnout #stress #emotions