Monday, March 7, 2016

#ICAN'TEVEN


Hey what the heck is with all of these feelings?! Today I feel great, but tomorrow could be a different story. I could be a frazzled, crazy person with no idea as to how I got there. Let’s be honest here… our emotions and feelings sometimes get the best of us.

Unfortunately, I still don’t know what the trigger always is but I often like to blame it on rampant hormones. Well, Ok, there’s more. I tend to feel stressed easily and I find I hang onto anxiety and anger where I then send myself into a spiral of defeat (Oh my! Is she a nut or something?!). Whoosh! The answer is NO – I’m not a nut.  Just a girl who lets her emotions take over sometimes. I have a tendency to stay in a head space and allow negative thoughts, lists, and crazy scenarios run through over and over (insomnia anyone?). They build up, my head gets a bit crowded and I lose the ability to think clearly. Even exercising intensely doesn’t always help clear out my mind. If this sounds like you, I can definitely relate.

So how do we get a grip, Kylie!?

Oh, wait, you thought I had this all figured out? Dang it… I don’t. But don’t go running just yet! We can figure this out together, plus I think I have some good ideas I’m ready to try. It’s perfectly OK and healthy to feel our feelings and to have a mini break-down Netflix marathon with ourselves – Scrubs is my current obsession it’s hilarious. However, when we notice our emotions becoming uncontrollable and taking over our amazing brains, it’s time we pick up ourselves as best we can and try a few things (and I mean really try):

  • Positive self talk (this is HUGE).
  • Exercise. Lift some weights, go for a walk or run, go to a cycling class. Even low heart rate activities help.
  • Healthy eating (may be even more important than exercise). Find some new recipes, go crazy on Pinterest.
  • Talk to someone in your family, a close friend, or a therapist.
  • Deep breathing (also called belly breathing).
  • Yoga & meditation (I hear this does wonders for anxiety).
  • Start a book club with friends and get reading.
  • Writing in a journal (you would be surprised how much this helps!)
  • Put your focus into observing the needs of others.
  • Find a new hobby.
  • Let it go – Relax, chill out!

Personally, letting go is the hardest. I hang on tight to my emotions believing that what I feel MUST be right. When I react emotionally to life, I tend to regret my decisions later. I don’t know about you, but letting go of the control takes a great effort. I find that good decisions come from a healthy, calm brain, it just takes consistent effort to not let our emotions lead the way. 

If you have any suggestions of what has worked for you, leave a comment. I would love to hear about it!


Let’s take our mental and emotional health more seriously – we deserve it!!

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