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Managing Stress Part 5 - Make Room for Your Feelings 

 

 

 
Welcome!  For our fifth topic, I’d like to focus on emotions and feelings.

You may find that you are flooded with emotions right now.  The current situation is multifaceted and likely to activate a variety of feelings.  The number one thing to keep in mind is that ALL of your feelings are valid.  Even if nobody else responds the same way. 

It’s important to make space and allow the sensations to move through you, like a wave.  If you try to stifle them or push them down, they will most likely erupt at the wrong time and place.  If you find yourself rummaging through the cabinets or refrigerator at random times, stop and think.  Is this a way you are dealing with your feelings instead of acknowledging them?  Do you even realize the variety or mix of feelings right now? 

Practice self-compassion and be curious about your reactions.  When you can name what you are feeling [frustrated, sad, stressed, anxious], you will be on the path of knowing how to take care of yourself in ways that will build your resilience.  Remember that angry is a secondary emotion.  It is the result of many other feelings – sad, frustrated, anxious, discouragement, etc.  When you feel anger, whether at the lack of supplies, at others for the way they act or the situation we are in currently, try to determine the primary emotion you are actually feeling.  Then you will be able to find ways to deal with the true emotion. 

It may be helpful to process what you are feeling by writing in a journal, drawing, or doing other forms of art.  Do you have someone supportive that you can reach out to?  A friend, family member, or a therapist? 

Many conversations I have had with clients recently have focused heavily on their feelings, how emotions are influencing actions and healthy ways to cope under the circumstances. Please reach out to me if you are struggling.   Right now, we need to support each other, allow ourselves to accept our feelings and find healthy ways to manage our emotions. 

In continued wellness, Andrea


                                                               
 
PS:  Please email me with questions or other concerns. Online/Virtual appointments are also available if you cannot come to my office.
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Andrea Groon, MEd RD LDN
http://www.nutritionandrea.com
Registered & Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Wellness Coach, Personal Trainer
In-Network Provider for: Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Cigna, Wellpath-Coventry Health Care,
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