One of the most important skills we can master in life is the ability to manage our emotions and feelings.
The inability to manage and process emotions effectively is at the heart of the majority of mental health issues we face today.
Anxiety and depression happen when we get 'stuck' in high or low emotional states.
Addictions take hold when we rely exclusively on external sources to change the way we feel.
Over-eating becomes a problem when we use food to 'stuff our feelings down' because other options don't seem to be available to us.
If we want happy, successful relationships and true emotional intimacy, we need to be able to express our feelings - no matter how scary - and also be able to sit with the uncomfortable feelings of others.
If we want to achieve the goals we set for ourselves, we need to be able to push through a range of uncomfortable emotions - fear, anxiety, self doubt, guilt, frustration and perhaps shame - to get where we want to be in life.
But learning to deal with emotions and feelings effectively is not something we can learn overnight. Quite often, our brains have developed in ways that make it biologically very difficult to manage emotional states.
If you want to learn a little more about this, check out my video below on "Dealing with overwhelming emotions"
Our new online programme to heal the patterns from the past launches on Monday 14th May so if this is something that you might be interested in click here for more details
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the information in the video, so please feel free to leave a comment below.