Having just lived through one of the most stressful years in history, people are ready to leave the pandemic behind and looking forward to a brighter future.
Researchers are just beginning to look at the long-term psychological effects of the pandemic, but many people are likely to carry emotional scars from losing loved ones and a year of isolation.
One result is trouble coping with the stressful situations large and small that life inevitably brings. Trapped Emotions, unresolved emotions from difficult or traumatic experiences, may trigger feelings of being stressed out and overwhelmed. This is a potentially damaging pattern that may affect our emotional and physical health.
When you suffer something traumatic, it can be extremely difficult to confront the resulting feelings. You may feel like doing so would force you to relive what you’ve already endured.
In our experience, unconfronted or unprocessed feelings linger, can prevent you from sleeping well, cause tension, or make you feel angry, sad, bitter, anxious, guilty, or fearful.
Trapped Emotions can also damage relationships by causing you to make the wrong assumptions, overreact to innocent remarks, and misinterpret the behavior of others. For instance, if a person has a trapped emotion of anger, that person will tend to become angry much more readily than they otherwise would.
Fortunately, there are natural, non-invasive methods available to help you reduce stress and identify and let go of negative emotional energies. These include:
Meditation: Meditation can provide an incredibly powerful way to acknowledge trapped negative feelings. It may help you consciously tap into your innermost thoughts and emotions, so you can intimately explore thoughts and emotions and process them. As you meditate, you may find yourself able to detach from negative thought patterns. The beauty is you can meditate at any time. To get the most out of your meditation, try to follow some of these tips:
· Choose a location with few distractions.
· Sit securely and comfortably.
· Sit with back straight, but not stiff.
· Keep arms relaxed and parallel to your body.
· Rest hands on lap.
· Follow your breath in and out.
· If your mind wanders, just refocus.
A daily meditation of 30-60 minutes can make a world of difference in your demeanor, attitude, and mindfulness.
Physical Activity: Exercise can have a major impact on your emotional healing ability. Whether it is dancing to an upbeat song, walking around the neighborhood, or sweating it out at the gym, the human body is designed to move. Movement helps release both physical and emotional tension, boosting your mood and fending off negativity as endorphins are released. When you make the effort to get your body moving, you may soon find yourself feeling more positively. Activity as simple as a daily walk might significantly boost your mood and help you cope with stress.
The Emotion Code®: This simple method allows you to clear your emotional baggage. You can test yourself and others to determine which emotions are trapped in your energy field causing problems. Uncovering and clearing trapped emotions reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. For a free starter kit, visit EmotionCodeGift.com.
Meditation, activity, and emotional healing techniques such as The Emotion Code can help you reduce stress and may have long-lasting benefits for your health and well-being. Make them a part of your self-care routine in 2021 and beyond.
By Dr. Bradley Nelson