Why You Should Name Your Feelings

“But feelings can’t be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.” – Anne Frank

As someone that tremendously struggles to name and face her emotions, I’ve been trying more and more regularly to name my emotions at the moment. I’ve found it almost embarrassing how challenging it can be for me. I’ll run in circles trying to make sure I don’t say the wrong thing when in reality there is no wrong answer.

You should name your emotions because it can help to:

  • Calm your amygdala
  • Process the feeling
  • Give you time to respond
  • Remind you that your feelings are temporary
  • Determine how to react
  • Bridge the gap between your thoughts and feeling
  • Figure out the best next step

One thing that’s important to not is that it’s best to do this with softness and without judgement. Whatever emotion comes up is valid and should be treated like it is. Your feelings and valid and so are you, so be kind to yourself and your feeling.

One thought on “Why You Should Name Your Feelings

  1. Well said — awareness is truly the first step to acceptance . Don’t be embarrassed that it’s challenging to name your feelings, I’ve been working on it for years and it still doesn’t feel easy🧡

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