What To Do When We’re Having Uncomfortable Feelings That We Don’t Like
How do we deal with feelings of depression, anxiety, disappointment, frustration, anger? We may experience shame when we have feelings (especially if we’re therapists) because there’s this belief that we shouldn’t struggle with very human things. How do we still show up and be present for others when we are struggling? Do we have a hard time asking for what we want? Do we worry about how others will respond if we’re struggling? I share my recent (and current) experiences with this.
• How do we deal with feelings of depression, anxiety, disappointment, frustration, anger?
• We may experience shame when we have feelings if we’re therapists because there’s that belief that we shouldn’t struggle with very human things
• How do we still show up and be present for others when we are struggling?
• Having a few supportive people who can just be present for us and listen to us, can be incredibly healing
• When we have a few people that share honestly with us, we feel a sense of connection and validation
• We can use tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT) when we are having feelings that we want to work through
• We can reach out to safe people to get connection when we are having uncomfortable feelings
• What are things you are afraid to ask for out of fear of feeling disappointed, frustrated, and angry?
• Many of us have friendship wounds
• Sometimes we want to go dark when we are having uncomfortable feelings—does this really support us?
• There is power in having other HSPs or people who get you when you are struggling
• Can you just be with intense feelings (depression, anxiety, frustration, etc.), and just lean into it?
• When we can continue to suit up and show up even when we’re having big feelings, it reminds us that we can manage
• We probably have already experienced intense hurt or disappointment in the past, so we can probably tolerate whatever happens if we put our wants or needs out and don’t get them met
• We also open ourselves to experience joy and connection when we take a risk
• Even if we feel shame, we can still talk about what’s going on and feel connected
• We’ve got to have self-compassion when we’re going through things
• We just have to show up and be ourselves
Patricia knows what it’s like to feel like an outcast, misfit, truthteller and blacksheep. Learning about the trait of being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), helped Patricia rewrite her history with a deeper understanding, appreciation and a sense of self-compassion. She created the podcast Unapologetically Sensitive to help other HSPs know that they aren’t alone, and that being an HSP has amazing gifts, and some challenges. Patricia works online globally working individually with people, and she teaches Online Courses for HSPs that focus on understanding what it means to be an HSP, self-care, self-compassion, boundaries, perfectionism, mindfulness, communication, and creating a lifestyle that honors us
HSP Online Course–https://unapologeticallysensitive.com/hsp-online-groups/
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