What's an 'emotional jug'?
Someone once gave me this picture on a piece of paper of a jug stuffed with emotions like fear, anger, pain, relief, tenderness, pleasure, and love. The good emotions were all jammed into the jug at the bottom and the bad ones were on top... ready to explode.
(Credit for the 'emotional jug' goes to the PAIRS Foundation. Reference used with permission. See bottom for more info.)
It's a picture of what can happen, if we don't properly listen to and handle our emotions. Our emotions get pushed down and we become emotionally damaged.
Emotional damage is another common cause of depression in our society.
We have layers of hurt and misconceptions brought on by family, culture and society, gender differences, religious institutions, etc. Our lives can become controlled by our emotions whether we admit it or not.
We must allow ourselves to feel our emotions...safely.
Our emotions are like indicators on our car dashboard. If your fuel is low or your oil is low, you need to get a fill!
Listen to our body's physical signs...
What is your body telling you?
Example: tension headache, teeth grinding, stomach in knots, sweating, etc. These ailments are simply the result of emotions improperly expressed. Become aware of your emotions and your health will benefit.
What am I sad about?
What am I mad about?
What am I scared about?
What am I glad about? (Don't forget this one.)
1. One powerful thing I've learned is to journal your feelings. You'd be surprised at how effective this is to understanding your depression and where it is rooted. Start with the questions listed above. Make sure you end with what you are glad about. :)
There is hope!
You are worth it!
- Merri Ellen :)
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