EMOTIONS AREN’T GOOD OR BAD : HERE’S WHY WE NEED TO LISTEN TO THEM
Our day to day emotional state is a direct communication of how we are feeling mentally.
Particularly for those of us who are neurodiverse, this emotional communication is even more important to listen to due to all the masking, autistic hangovers, burnout and eventually complete shut downs as a result of trying to “appear normal”.
The lack of true awareness and education surrounding neurodivergence only emphasises and supports the chronic lack of support and understanding.
Our emotions are signals to us ; our bodies bringing our attention to something, often letting us know when something within ourselves is out of kilter.
Stress means we need to slow down and apply some self care. Not always easy in this fast paced world, I know.
Anxiety means you’re not feeling safe and need calm and grounding.
Anger and frustration can often be tiredness, overwhelm, a result of masking for too long.
Not feeling bothered or having enough energy for personal care, self isolating from those who love you, falling behind with things, a negative change in your sleep pattern, or a lack of passion for things you normally enjoy are strong symptoms of depression.
If you are isolating, not responding to family of friends, struggling to get out of bed, feeling less patient or more irritable, feeling overwhelmed or on edge, living in clutter or mess and have stopped doing the things that keep you mentally healthy, you could well be suffering from mental health illness.
Taking some time for you is so important.
Whether it’s a simple 5 minute daily yoga routine, self massage/self soothing, journaling, exercising, meditating ( including listening to guided visualisations which can be accessed freely on apps like YouTube, reducing your social media intake, spending time in nature or simply reading a chapter of a book will all help.
A good diet and exercising/ moving your body is also invaluable.
Here are a few ideas and therapies you can use daily to regulate and boost your emotions and mental health.
Yoga for sleep
Self massage/self soothing routine
Meditation to release anxiety
I hope that some of these ideas will help you all stay on top of those emotions and nourish your mental health in these busy and uncertain times we live in.
See you next week !
Lots of love,