"Back to Basics" is an 8 week project looking at starting again after a rough period in life. In these 8 weeks, there will be tips on how to get started, embracing emotions and I've got some great guest bloggers sharing their struggles and how they overcame them.
First of all.... this picture makes me laugh! Look out for this grumpy fish at The Rainforest Café in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Florida.
I find it quite hard to express certain emotions and I'm definitely a person that can go from 0 to 100 in the matter of a millisecond! Being in touch with your emotions will help your mind and your body. In order to be confident and self-assured, you need to get your emotional alarm system on lock down.
Flipping out when you're angry or feeling anxious when paranoid happens so quickly that you don't have time to feel what you're actually feeling. For example, someone might talk trash to me on social media and initially I'm like "I feel like smashing that basic in the face!" However, once I've sat down and processed whats happened, I actually feel upset not angry.
It's important to figure out what emotion you're feeling (not just in that moment) and how to handle it effectively. It's not easy - It takes practice and patience and these small steps can help you get there:
Actually think about what you're feeling and be honest
There's always going to be ups and downs in life and there will never be a blanket emotion for each situation. Take a time out and reflect on what you feel and be honest. You should never hold back on yourself.
There's going to be times when you need to stand up to someone or lower those walls to let new friends in or your next partner. Being able to communicate how you feel will make you more in control with your emotions. Break down those barriers and stop pretending you don't feel!
This is a hard pill to swallow because negativity isn't fun for anyone. However, take any negativity that comes your way and flip it around. Even if it's not constructive criticism, be confident enough to take it all on board!
Know when to ask for help
This is a major key and something that nearly everyone is afraid of. Listen, it's not a sign of weakness if you ask for help from friends, family and/or a professional. It's a sign of strength and acceptance. Never struggle in silence - it's reckless and unproductive.
How do you stay on top of your feelings?
Back To Basics: How to Get in Touch With Your Feelings