As much as we all strive for a life filled with happiness and excitement, life isn't always sunshine and rainbows. Hearts get broken, unpleasant events occur, and disappointments happen. We've all felt pain, shame, and sadness - it's a fundamental part of being alive.
But as adults and professionals, we’ve engrained the notion that we must suppress these negative emotions. On the other hand, trapping emotions may have been taught at an early age.
The Problem with Trapping Your Emotions
Initially, you might seem fine on the surface when you bury your feelings. Then over time those negative emotions, such as betrayal, anger, and fear bottle up and affect us in various ways.
Trapping our emotions can lead to:
If you’ve suppressed the trauma from a previous relationship, you may carry the same doubt and fear to your next partner.
Anxiety and stress
Trapped emotions lead to constant fear and anxiousness even when there might not be anything alarming. A common trait of emotional repression is sometimes being unable to understand why you're stressed.
Unable to move on
Burying our emotions means we can never truly come to terms with them. As a result, our minds cling to our past.
The Benefits of Emotional Release
The ability to validate and express our negative emotions in a healthy way, allows us to handle challenges better. Everyone experiences highs and lows. But how we process and navigate through those negative experiences and emotions, is what ultimately matters.
When we can freely release and express our sadness, anger and pain in healthy ways, this improves our mental and emotional well-being. It's a truly liberating process.
How To Release Trapped Emotions