Does your family struggle to manage big emotions? Most do. Big emotions are a reality for all of us, but we often don’t practice how to express and feel big in safe and healthy ways. We certainly don’t talk about our big feels enough- especially the ones that are perceived as negative.
Neglecting personal health, in all forms, is not only doing ourselves a disservice but is also robbing our loved ones of our best selves. So what are some simple ways to support ourselves during times of depression and anxiety?
Emotions are powerful and our brain uses emotions to motivate us to action or to motivate us to inaction. Understanding how the brain does this enables us to accept both the emotions that are uncomfortable and the ones that are positive in the human experience.
That feeling you get when you are scared is your heart telling you to be brave, even though making the right decision means taking the more difficult path. Take a deep breath. Make a good decision. Call in reinforcements when you need them. Each time you face your fear with calm determination, you become that much stronger.
Every parent receives much dreaded bad news from their child. None of us like it…..ever! How we respond in the earliest moments of the conversation can shape our path moving forward. A calm response doesn’t come naturally to most of us, but we can practice. We can arm ourselves with a few phrases to calm the freak out and move forward together with our kiddo.