Recently I was having a conversation with a friend and we were speaking of being numb or numbing out.
It has been a very long time since I have done this kind of thing.
However, I was present to the fact that so many people do things to NOT FEEL or NOT DEAL with ourselves or our life.
We act in ways that suppress, numb or avoid feeling what is truly happening inside of us.
Many of us cannot sit still or alone for fear of what we might feel or discover about ourselves when we are quiet and in solitude.
I remember doing this exact thing.
First of all, I was not taught HOW to feel.
I was told WHAT to feel and WHEN to feel it.
I taught myself coping skills to avoid feeling anything EXCEPT anger.
Anger is my default emotion and it still shows up today.
It is not as often as it was most of my life and I still default to anger when I get afraid or when I am not sure what I am feeling.
It happens when I am blindsided or feel backed into a corner.
It can happen when one of my triggers is activated by someone.
I use it to protect myself from what I am truly feeling.
I would consider anger a way to keep myself numb to feeling what is actually under the anger (I just realized this as I am writing).
I have been told anger is not an emotion or feeling.
It is a reaction and it always comes from a place of FEAR.
Other ways we may numb ourselves is:
overbooking our calendars
filling every monent with something
focusing on others
gossiping about them
avoiding any confrontation
redirecting the conversation, so I don’t have to talk about my feelings
You get the idea, yes?
If you recognize you may do this kind of numbing behavior, what are you willing to do about it?
Here are some steps you can take to stop numbing and FEEL YOUR FEELINGS.
1. Recognize when your reacting with your default emotion: anger, shutting down, leaving, depression, fighting, avoidance tactics…
2. Give yourself permission to feel the feeling
3. Feel what is showing up under the default emotion: hurt, grief, unworthy, not feeling heard, feeling neglected, unloved…
4. Feel it and do nothing about it, yet.
5. Identify what the feeling is.
6. Acknowledge the feeling.
7. Allow yourself to let it go. (meaning, you don’t need to stay stuck in the feelings showing up).
These are some beginning steps to begin to feel what you are feeling past your default emotions.
They are tools to recognize what you are feeling.
I’ll write more about what to DO with them, if there is any action to be taken behind them.
Sometimes we need help to navigate through the muck and mire we’ve accumulated on the inside.
This where I can mentor coach you on your journey into loving yourself from the inside out.
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