Name the emo­tion

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“Just la­bel­ing the feel­ing soothes the emo­tion­ally ex­hausted soul,” says Gil­bert­son. “Our brains are mean­ing-mak­ing ma­chines, and putting words to the ex­pe­ri­ence helps or­ga­nize it so it’s not just dark chaos.” She sug­gests re­mind­ing your­self, My sis­ter has been call­ing me. She’s hav­ing a hard time, and I’m at the end of my abil­ity to help. I feel guilty be­cause I’m not be­ing there for her. And don’t beat your­self up for feel­ing this way. “Ac­cept­ing your feel­ings is the same as self-ac­cep­tance, which starts to fill the bucket back up,” ex­plains Gil­bert­son. “The idea that you’re ac­cept­able even in a de­pleted state is heal­ing.”

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