It is February, so I thought it fitting to focus on the affairs of the heart. To be emotive is to be human, but many people struggle to understand their emotions. Why is this? It is because emotions are always changing based on what you are experiencing in the moment, and often you have many emotions happening at one time. When things are going great in your life the ability to process emotions may not seem as important because feelings of joy, peace, and contentment make you feel good. However, the shadow side of these emotions can activate fear, anxiety, and grief which can feel debilitating. Not sure about you, but no one ever sat me down and explained how I could process my emotions in a healthy way, so I had to figure it out on my own. Well, to be fair, I have had some very good counseling, but I have done a lot of processing on my yoga mat and through meditation and prayer. However, nothing prepared me for the loss of my mom and best friend, Billie who passed on February 4th, 2019. So, for the sake of this post, I decided to tackle the shadow side of emotions and to lend some recommendations on how to deal with the darkness. When emotions leave you feeling uncomfortable, there are many default tendencies that can get activated. Busyness, numbing out, detaching, and blaming are a few coping tendencies that you might recognize. However, there is a healthier way.
So, I humbly share my thoughts about dealing with grief.
Learning how to process emotions in a healthy way is important because how you feel impacts the quality of your life.
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