Emotional waves are high right now. We are collectively venturing into a mysterious territory, a lifestyle that most of us were not prepared for. How do we cope with these shifting emotions? Stress, loneliness, overwhelm, overthinking, fear, insecurity, and confusion are all common emotions tied to these unbelievable times. Think of all of these emotions as a big frightening wave; you’re paddling out and facing this massive force that can destruct you, but you turn your board around, catch the wave, and ride it out into a beach of comfort, bliss, empowerment, courage, and victory.
You have the decision to let this wave crash on you and take you under, or you can be resilient to the shifting emotional tides, and use this energy to your power. Either way, you have to eventually catch a wave to get back to land. Meaning, you must face your deepest emotions with courage and belief in yourself in order to get back to your place of comfort. All emotions need to be felt at this time, you can’t ignore them or they will drag you under. You must master these waves and learn to ride them with balance and grace.
Now, in order to survive in these waters, you need a surfboard to balance on. Think of this metaphorical surfboard as your tool to balancing your emotions. Some of us are dealing with bigger waves than others, so our boards will not be the same. Whatever will help you get back to shore the best, use it.
Tools for Riding Out Your Emotional Waves:
We all need someone to talk to, but we must remember everyone is battling something right now. We have to respect each other’s time and feelings. Professional therapists can handle the load you are carrying, while your friends may not be in a position to help. That is okay. Seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of. If you need that extra help, pay a professional, many therapists are offering online help at a reasonable price right now.
Sometimes we don’t want to talk to anyone, it is okay to isolate yourself. You may be your own therapist sometimes. It is okay to turn the phone off for a day and tend to yourself. We live in a time where everyone knows what everyone else is doing, it can be exhausting keeping up with social media. You don’t always have to let people in. We all need our own private time.
Crying is one of the best ways to release all of these emotions. Let it fall! Cry until you can’t cry anymore. Your mind heals through these tears. If you have issues crying, there may be a blockage, but you are still responsible for releasing your emotions in a healthy way. Some of us cry more than others, crying doesn’t always mean weakness. Sometimes we’ve been building up the emotions for too long and just need to release. So feel all that you need to, cry it out, and move on.
You may need all of these methods, you may only need specific ones, or you may even have better ways to manage during these times. But you can not allow the chaos in this world to swallow you up. You must build a strong mental health, so when an emotional wave comes your way, you can stand tall on your foundation, ride out that wave, and come out of the water with a new perspective.
Above all, please remember: while your physical actions may be limited, your mind will always be free, no one can control your mind unless you allow them to. There are so many things beyond our control, but when you secure your mind, YOU have the power.
You will come out of this a better person.
You will realize the strength and power that you have.
You will rise above in areas that frighten you.
You will make it back to that warm beach of comfort.
We all need healing.
If you need to speak with a professional, here are some great resources to finding the right option for you.