You’re an adult.
You know how to deal with emotions. But do you?
We all dislike the negative emotions like — anger, panic, anxiety, depression, disappointment, jealousy, hatred, and so on.
So you try to run away from such emotions, but they find a way back to you no matter where you hide.
What do you do then? If you’re like most people, you suppress these emotions.
After all, that’s what you’ve been taught since birth.
Stop crying. Shut up. Don’t talk. Go to your room.
So you hold back your tears, sit in the corner, shut your mouth and spend your entire life in a self-made prison.
It’s not that they were wrong to tell you all these things. Although it left a negative side effect on you — you learned to suppress your emotions.
As it turns out, suppressing your emotions is not the best way to manage your emotions. In fact, it may even harm you.
Let me explain.
In a study published in the American Psychology Association, researchers analyzed the recent dreams participants had. They also took an assessment of how much they suppress their thoughts or emotions and measured their sleep quality, depression, anxiety, and stress.
As you may have guessed, those who suppress their negative thoughts and emotions experienced more anger, anxiety, sadness, and fear-based dreams.
And that’s not all.
These people also had difficulty falling asleep, sleep disturbances, and daytime tiredness. They also experienced more depression, anxiety, and stress in real life.
So how do you manage your emotions instead of suppressing them?
It’s time you stop suppressing your emotions as you always have.
You are a human and you will feel all range of emotions. Instead of letting emotions use you, do the opposite.
There is a difference between suppressing and managing your emotions. Suppressing emotions leads to a poor quality of life. Managing emotions leads to better mental health.
Stop caging yourself in a prison. Break free and allow yourself to feel and express.
And you know the best part?
You will sleep like a baby.
Originally published at designepiclife.com