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4 Rituals For Emotional Release

Humans are emotional beings. We’re programmed to express our feelings openly and without reservations.

Yet, starting from a young age, we’re taught to keep quiet and keep still. Society instills in us that this is how to be accepted and loved.

The truth is we all deal with a wide array of emotions, including fear, anger, and shame. We experience certain events, which trigger these feelings. Then, for numerous reasons, we’re unable to process our emotions and we manage them in all the wrong ways.

We all hide our feelings. It’s a natural defense mechanism or self-preservation if you will. Despite doing your best to hide these feelings from others and yourself, unresolved emotions only get worse with time.

They get stored in our muscles and organs. Not soon after that, they become septic and lead to mental and physical illnesses. The truth is we’re the ones creating this toxic environment. We’re literally making ourselves sick from the inside out.

If you’re suffering from repressed emotions, there are a couple of steps you can take to let them go once and for all.

It is important to know you are not alone – that is the very first step to releasing them

The second step is to read this post. We gathered four rituals for emotional release to help you let go of anything holding you back. You’re worthy of putting yourself first. Take care of your emotions because it’s the only way you can live a well-rounded, well-adjusted life.

Let’s get started.

Recognize Your Emotions

Self-awareness is one of the least recognized processes today. It could be because we’re so busy being connected to other people all the time. Having the Internet at your fingertips makes it easy to brush our feelings aside.

Yet, being aware of each emotion and how it affects our mental state is crucial. We need it to fully process what’s happening and be able to heal. This is where mindfulness comes in.

Mindful meditation is where you sit somewhere quiet and focus on your breathing. Learn how to accept the emotion, face it head-on with the realization that it, too, will pass. Going through this intimate process helps you come face-to-face with your emotions.

Express Your Emotions

All types of emotions need to be expressed in one way or another. This is how our bodies release negative energy. It’s also how our minds process emotions and allow us to fully heal. Bear in mind that true healing happens when both the body and mind work in unison.

Ask yourself: what do you need to get all your emotions out authentically? Some people brainstorm ways to express their feelings, others just do what feels right at the moment. It really depends on what works for you and what you are comfortable with.

Here are some ideas for you to consider. Some of them may work better than others for you, give each one a try and see which ones give you the best results. Remember to focus on your emotion and visualize it floating away from your body.

  • Go for a walk
  • Do some journaling
  • Hit a punching bag
  • Dance
  • Scream into a pillow
  • Cry
  • Paint
  • Breathe deeply

Indulge in Some Much-Need Me-Time

Self-care is something else we tend to neglect and put on hold time and again. Both men and women are guilty of this, despite studies showing that most men are better at it than women.

Nevertheless, we all need to recalibrate. Learning how to put yourself first and taking care of your minds and bodies takes time.

Start with setting aside 10 minutes each day. For example, if you like to draw, then use that time to create some art. It doesn’t matter if you’re doodling or painting an entire canvas. The health benefits are the same.

Once you’ve mastered those 10 minutes, take it up a notch. Why not savor a full 30 minutes of me-time as you take a walk or enjoy a bubble bath?

To make self-care a priority, use these simple pleasures as a way of nourishing your soul. Soon, you’ll notice the benefits have trickled down to your mind and body for a happier, healthier you.

Celebrate

Whether this is your first time releasing your emotions or the one-hundredth time, it’s time to celebrate! Be proud of all the hard work you’ve done to get to where you are.

You took the time to process your emotions and release pent-up negativity. Well done for making the effort and taking the time to look after yourself. It’s cathartic and opens you up to rich, fulfilling experiences for a healthy and productive life.

A.A. Milne said, “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think…” And how could the author of Winnie the Pooh ever be wrong?

So, rejoice, jump for joy, and appreciate all that life has to offer! And remember, you’re worth way more than you think!

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4 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Energy

You started the day ready to take on the world. From the moment you got out of bed, you’ve been thinking about all the things you’re going to get done today. You can’t wait to get started! 

Then it all falls apart.

By the end of the day, you’re grumpy and out of sorts. The day somehow derailed, and here you are, feeling like you didn’t accomplish half the things you wanted to today. What happened?

Well, sometimes life really does get in the way. The car won’t start, or the dog gets out, and you spend half the morning chasing him around the neighborhood. Life gets in the way. More often than not, though, you likely did what most people do: you crashed and burned. Somewhere …you just ran out of energy. 

So, how do you maintain your energy levels even on the toughest of days?

Check-in With Yourself

First of all, you need to be paying attention to your body a little bit more. If you can catch yourself right when your energy begins to waver, you might be able to stave off a massive crash later on. Frequently when we’re lagging, it’s because we need something small, like a drink of water, a little activity, or even a small snack. These are quick and easy fixes that only take a minute. Ignore them, though, and you’re libel to lose hours out of your day before you know it.

Engage in a Routine (or Two)

We tend to burn out energy because we’re scrambling to sort out our day and find the things we need. If you have a morning routine, for example, you’ll have everything near at hand right when you need it. Getting out of the door will take half the energy, giving you reserves for where you need it most. Ask yourself what parts of your day you can streamline by creating a routine and make sure to follow through with those routines as often as possible.

Become More Intentional

Too often, our day becomes filled with little nonsense tasks which take up energy and time. Really, what is it you need to do? What actions will leave the biggest impact on the day? Put your energy where it counts most by being more intentional in what you’re doing. Remember, you don’t have to be the one to do everything. Delegate the non-essential items to keep yourself focused on what matters.

Get to Bed!

While a bedtime routine is a great start, pay more attention to your sleep. Ensure your sleep environment is free from distraction and noise. Make sure your room is at an optimal temperature, and yes, if need be, invest in a better mattress or new pillows. Getting a good night’s sleep will keep you more energetic throughout the day.

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Treat Yourself As You Would A Friend

Would it surprise you if I told you that one of the best ways to gain a positive and optimistic outlook is by practicing some self -compassion. 

Frequently people confuse self-compassion with self-indulgence or even selfishness. But being kind to yourself is just as important as being kind to others, if not more so. 

1 Self-Compassion Makes You More Optimistic

Being kind to yourself means you can stop that vicious cycle of self-blame and recrimination. It prevents you from ruminating on past mistakes and builds your resilience and confidence so you can pick yourself up and get back on track. 

When you start giving yourself more kindness and encouragement, you will find you mood lifts, your anxiety levels drop and you will become more hopeful and optimistic about the future.

2 Cultivate Mindfulness

Perhaps the best way to start your self-compassion practice is to adopt a more mindful attitude to life. Being mindful focuses on the now – accepting where you are right now in life and accepting yourself as you are right now. With all your faults and all your glory. Accept that whatever you’re experiencing and feeling in the present moment is okay. 

Mindfulness and self-compassion help you to overcome denial and hesitation in your reality. It allows space for hope to come in. 

3 Accept that Hard Times Are Part of the Deal

We all have good time, bad times and hard times. Often the bad things that happen are out of your control. All you can do is decide how you’re going to react. Will you be overwhelmed, or will you be angry? Or will you accept and learn from your experiences, and then formulate a plan to start over?

In times of fear or illness or natural disasters or any other of life’s stressors, self-compassion allows you to take guilt or blame out of the equation and deal with whatever you’re faced with. 

4 Treat Yourself As You Would A Friend

Some and pause for a moment to reflect on your reactions. What is your self-talk saying to you? Are you reassuring yourself that things will work out okay, or are you beating yourself up for something you did or didn’t do? Would you talk to your best friend like that? How would they feel?

Be as gentle in your self-talk as you would to a loved one who is in crisis. Be loving and kind, and reassuring. Give you self some compassion and some encouragement so you can help yourself get back on track towards better times.