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Do You Have Trapped Emotions?

Are You Dealing with Trapped Emotions? A few days before my birthday I was in tears, telling my boyfriend how I felt about my birthday and that I don’t have any friends.

He said it sounds like you’re lonely.

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Then I realized that on top of that loneliness was a pile of shame and embarrassment. I pride myself on being a lone ranger, I’m an only child and I know how to do me and be fine by myself. But those tiny moments of wishing I had a spiritual Goddess crew here in Atlanta finally added up and came bursting out.

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The most important part of that is that I allowed them to, I released what I’ve been suppressing. This is what you have to do with trapped emotions.⁣

Trapped emotions are old lingering feelings that we push down or unresolved trauma and past experiences.

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Our society normalizes pushing down our feelings. It’s common to hear suck it up, it’s in the past, just let it go, that was a long time ago, move on or just forget that ever happened.


No one ever taught us how to deal with these emotions anyway so it’s easy to just stuff it down. But suppressing emotions can affect you mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.⁣


Trapped emotions can cause you to:


-Feel mentally blocked with little to no clarity, lead to fear and self doubt and negative thinking.

-Feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster, feel anxious, and overwhelmed.

-Experience illness, tension, digestive issues and weight gain.

-Feel disconnected from God and unable to hear your intuition. ⁣


That’s a lot, right?⁣


The good news is that trapped emotions can be released. I’ve seen it over and over again on my healing journey and as I’ve helped others heal.

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There are many ways to release trapped emotions. Most healing tools and modalities that you’ve heard of will help you with that. (Some are more effective than others.)

When you’re healing on your own, one of the best places to start is through self-discovery and journaling. ⁣


I can tell you from first-hand experience that diving into your journey of self-exploration and emotional healing will lead to more inner peace, happiness, clarity, and purpose. ⁣

Here’s a journal prompt to help you get started.


1.      Think of a time in the last several years when you had a strong emotional reaction to an experience, situation, person, etc… and write it down. What emotions were present at the time? How did you express them? Or how did you suppress them?


2.      Repeat this process until you have a nice list. To help you, you might ask yourself questions like “What happened in 2020?” Then write out those experiences that caused a strong emotional reaction.  

Self-awareness is extremely important on your self-healing journey. The more time you spend exploring your inner world, the easier it will be to identify your trapped emotions.⁣


*Remember if any feelings come up as you write, pause and feel them. Breathe in through your nose and out your mouth. Breathe with the emotion until it dissolves. Then continue the exercise.

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However, if your body says, “I’ve had enough, let’s stop for the day”, listen to it. Your mind may say “There’s more to do”, don’t have to listen and don’t rush the process. You have plenty of time to heal so there’s no need to push past your limit.

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If this journaling exercise does bring up emotions and you don’t know how to deal with them. Watch the YouTube video below called “Processing anger and other heavy emotions.” ⁣


Happy exploring!

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. Or simply drop an emoji if this resonates with you.


 



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