Holding Hands with Hard Emotions: How to Define, Process, and Learn from Your Discomfort

Conversations from the Heart - May 27th 2022

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Healing, Lifestyle

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

Anxiety can find us at any moment without rhyme or reason.

But what should we do when it arrives?

If you’ve been struggling with anxiety or any other difficult emotion lately, today’s Yoga Girl Podcast episode will help you recognize your triggers, pause before your reactions, and learn to sit with difficult feelings.

As Rachel sat down to record, an overwhelming sense of anxiety was lingering within her. Her innate reaction was to jump into “fixing” mode. Surely she would feel better if she tackled her to-do list and got a lot of things done.

But is that really true? Rachel reflects on a moment she had with her daughter recently that reminded her where the healing really happens.

We need to feel the entire spectrum of human emotion in order to fully embrace our happiness, our joy and our humanity. You shouldn’t sell yourself short of an experience just because it’s hard. It could be leading you somewhere.

Tune in to tap into your innate knowledge to feel and to heal.

Key Takeaways

  • Sometimes “fixing” our hard emotions isn’t what is most helpful. Instead, we just need to support ourselves through the feeling process.
  • Notice the coping mechanisms you turn to (even the “good” ones!) to escape or numb your feelings.
  • We parent ourselves as we parent our little ones. As you guide them through difficult experiences, you learn to guide yourself as well.
  • Get so in touch with your inner landscape that it is not something you ever have to run from.