Processing emotions in a healthy way is an important part of building wellness with Lyme disease. Feel and Release is the new habit I am learning to use. As I travel on my own healing journey, I have learned that pretending not to feel doesn’t work at all to help healing. Pretending not to feel or blocking feelings eats at you from the inside out. You think things are okay, then you explode over something silly.
The person you exploded on is alienated and over time stops trusting you. You get to wallow in remorse and guilt for losing it. Over time this alienates you from the people you care about the most. This cycle eliminates ease, keeps you away from the opportunities of the present moment and takes a huge toll on your body and your health.
This quote reflects my actual experience. I developed a food addiction trying to soothe emotional hunger and cope with the simmering rage and sadness, about loss of opportunities, and connection. All the anxiety, anger and grief that built up and created a hormonal environment that allowed the Lyme bacteria to thrive.
I just cannot afford that cost, anymore I needed to change my default reaction to life. Shore up feel and release as my new way to react and interact with the world. Clean house. Release all the old emotions that are weighing me down. Shift the way I deal with my feelings as part of my healing journey.
Align with flow, feel emotions honor and release them on an ongoing basis. I would love to say I have this down pat, but that is not true. The strength of this habit builds whenever my awareness allows. If anxiety or frustration builds I make a point to. let it go forgive myself and move on..
Here are some of the tools I use to build my feel and release habit
Ideas to build the Feel and Release Habit
- Awareness that feelings are a choice
- I love you. I am sorry – Be compassionate with yourself. Say this when things go awry.
- Re-frame – Examine your feelings with your rational mind. Actively turn towards the positive
- Exercise – Stop mind chatter. Help release emotional toxins held in the tissue.
- Dish Time – Discuss challenges & struggles with your best bud to get release and perspective.
- Singing, Dancing, Music – These can all help voice what is going on inside and let it out.
- Write it out – Journal on your feelings
- Meditate – Create space to safely examine repressed feelings.
What do you do to feel and release, to stay present and positive? Share in the comments below.
“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” ~Deepak Chopra
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