In the digital world we live in, it can be easy to find yourself feeling disconnected. We get so wrapped up in everything that’s constantly being shared from others’ lives that we often forget to notice what’s happening in our own. Holidays like Valentine’s Day can make us feel that we are left out, or not as happy as those who posted a picture of their VDay brunch, bouquet, or hand-holding, lip-locking couple picture. We can easily ride an emotional roller coaster of feelings and lose touch of why we feel them.
Understanding your emotions isn’t about managing or suppressing them; it’s about realizing they are there and that is okay. We are only human after all! There is no need to rid yourself of your emotions, no matter how strong or insignificant they feel, because you are feeling them for a reason.
We believe it’s important to help your teen learn to understand his or her emotions. Try using these tips in a conversation or perhaps a meditation!
1. Connecting to how you feel can help you process and pushing away your emotions could prolong an experience. Find a way to connect to your emotions for what they are.
2. Feel your emotions fully, without any resistance. Let your mind and body feel the way it is.
3. Allow yourself to appreciate your emotions, not justify them. Simply embrace them without judgement and with compassion.