Are you empathetic? Do you feel so deeply, even when it is not your personal emotions?
Are you able to recognize when the feelings are not yours? Or do you find yourself asking "where is this coming from?" or saying "I don't know why I am...crying/mad/etc."
This in itself can be overwhelming and surprising.
I love this exercise I am about to share with you. It is easy and can often allow you to move forward with ease in any situation that arises. I do this, not only when emotions arise that are surprising, but for physical pain as well. For instance, if I have a headache arise out of no where, I ask myself "Is this mine? If not, let it go."
I am serious, it is that easy. And it works! More often than not, the headache will instantly go away. Same with emotions that are not mine.
The first few times you try this, get quiet, close your eyes, take a nice deep breath and then ask yourself "Is this mine? If not, let it go." If you find that it does not dissipate, have a nice glass of water and allow yourself to process the emotion or rest to heal the pain.
That being said, sometimes when we get quiet or too busy, emotions that we have compressed will arise for no apparent reason or when we least expect it. This is where it is important to listen and discover if they belong to you or not. If they are yours and you ignore them or hold them back, they will need to be released eventually.
Give yourself the time you need to process and heal.
Rest when you need to. It really is ok and one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.
Seek support if you need it. There are amazing people just waiting to assist you.
With love, gratitude, & appreciation,
Support for Moms