I’m really excited to kick off this four-part article series on emotions! Read all four articles using the links below.
Part One: the importance of acknowledging and expressing for emotional healing, and how to express guilt, regret and shame.
Part Two: expressing sadness, anger and frustration.
Part Three: emotional health – what you can do to keep yourself balanced.
Part Four: emotion vs mood – long term considerations
There’s a big difference between feeling an emotion, which is generally a passing phase that may last from a couple of minutes to a couple of days. When you struggle with a particular emotion and can’t break free, this may lead to a mood issue.
Long Term Stress
Chronic, long term stress is very detrimental to health. In fact, most modern day diseases are linked to stress in one way or another. Unlike momentary stress which is used to kick us into gear, chronic stress can lead to overreactions to small frustrations and feed emotions such as anger and sadness, and impede on our ability to “bounce back”. It may even lead to more serious conditions, such as depression or anxiety.
Depression and Anxiety
During my teens and 20s I struggled with emotional and dysfunctional eating, and by the time I was in my mid-20s, this developed in to bulimia. After working with a psychologist and doing a complete overhaul of my physical, mental and emotional health, I was able to heal from this. Below are my big 3 lessons from this journey.
1. Even the best intentions can lead to mistakes…and that’s okay!
My eating disorder started from a really good place. I was determined to get my health on track by losing some weight. I was really committed to my goal, and with that determination, I saw great results. Results that were so good, they were addictive. I was receiving lots of compliments, I had a new wardrobe of beautiful clothes and was finally enjoying physical activity for the first time in my life.
I’ve been nominated by the lovely Rachelle from My Saturn Epoch to participate in this blog-hop series, to reflect on why I write for you all.
I had the pleasure of Rachelle’s life coaching program earlier this year and have had my world turned upside, or “flipped on it’s head” as Rachelle would say!
Since I’ve been nominated, I have seen this series pop up on many different blogs and I’ve found it so inspiring to read each woman’s take on how and why they share their message.
So here’s my take on things:
What am I working on?
After finishing my ebook recently, I’ve started to shift my focus back research. I’m catching up on podcasts, video series and books to dive deeper into all things hormonal, nutritional and inspirational. So I guess the next logical step is to share my knowledge through some more blog posts!
Keep an eye out for:
- a blog post on natural cold remedies
- a review on an earthing sheet for my bed and an earthing mat for my desk at work
- a printed brochure explaining what I do
- book reviews on my latest reads
How does my writing differ from others in this genre?
So you overindulged this weekend? Don’t worry, we’ve ALL been there. Here are my top tips for a super quick recovery:
Scrub your skin
Our skin is actually a major organ which eliminates toxins through our pores. When dead skin cells accumulate, detoxification through the skin becomes difficult. So by removing dead skin cells, we can assist detoxification.
I’m a huge fan of dry body brushing, but you could also do a hot towel scrub.
The scrubbing/brushing action also reduces muscle tension and promotes circulation.
I first bought a gratitude journal back in June 2011, after attending the Happiness Conference in Brisbane, which was 2 days of inspirational speakers, including David Gillespie and the Dalai Lama! The biggest messages for creating your own happiness were altruism and gratitude.
Since then, I have been through phases of religiously completing my gratitude journal and other times not being so diligent. Mid-2012, I found myself struggling with life and happiness and had a brief stint on anti-depressants. It only lasted a few months, as I realised that they were contributing to my (weight)problems and not in fact helping me cope. During that time, there were no entries in my journal. Perhaps I did not feel grateful for anything? In reality, I think that if we live in Australia, we have A LOT to be grateful for!