5 Ways to Cope with the Emotional Pain
Dealing with emotional pain is one of the hardest things to go through. This kind of pain can come from many circumstances such as trauma, stress, grief, loss, and toxic relationships. If you find yourself suffering from emotional pain and turning yourself into alcohol to numb the pain – then you probably need some other ways to cope up, or maybe it's time to see professional help.
Emotional pain can drain you. It can cause distress, anxiety, and even physical symptoms and pain such as chest pain, fatigue, upset stomach, difficulty sleeping, and tension. If you are engaging in excessive behavior like excessive tv watching, drinking, binge eating, or shopping for unnecessary items, you may find it hard to deal with emotional pain. Remember that it is essential to the process of healing to develop good coping skills. We all need emotional outlets, and we need healthy ways to express these feelings and emotions.
Below are some healthy ways you could try to cope up with your emotional pain.
Get a new hobby
Trying something new can help you manage your emotional state. Distracting yourself with a new hobby allows you to pause and not think about your emotional pain. It will enable you to control how you feel at that moment. New pursuits like hiking, journaling, or setting a new weekend routine with friends like going to a spa or a coffee shop can give you a temporary relief escape but not supposed to be your constant. Remember that these outlets can help you go through healing and taking a break when things get heavy, but the most crucial part is to face and feel your emotions and heal from them. Take a break and get a new hobby to pause the pain- it is an essential part of your healing journey.
Working on mind and body wellness is the best outlet when dealing with emotional pain. Being active or practicing mindfulness and doing exercise can increase your overall health and well-being. It is an excellent work for your mind and body that can help you produce happy hormones and promote chemicals in the brain that can improve your mood and reduce stress. The brain releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins throughout the body. So, go for a short walk in the morning, feel the air and enjoy the morning sun or stay indoors and do some yoga. It doesn't matter how long your exercise is or where you do it as long as you keep moving and commit to yourself to be more active to help yourself shake off those negative emotions you feel.
A creative outlet is also a great form of releasing our emotional pain. This could be in the form of crafting, knitting, drawing, painting, photography, music, or any activity you like and enjoy doing. Cooking and baking or even doing some DIY projects at home can be your creative outlet. Through all these activities, we can find the freedom to express ourselves and our emotions and be able to process them, embrace and release them, and most of all, heal from them.
Cry it all out
Nothing is more important than facing your own emotion. Sit with them and acknowledge how you feel and allow yourself to go through with it. It will be more difficult if you keep looking away and hiding from it. And just like setting distractions like getting a new hobby or staying active to pause the pain, facing your emotional pain is the most important way to go through your healing journey. Be present with how you feel and cry it all out; it's okay to cry and feel sad. Remember that acknowledging how you feel is the final stage of the healing process. It's called acceptance.
Now that you embrace your emotions don't get stuck by just being there acknowledging how you feel – look forward. Of course, don't rush and give yourself some time to heal. Looking forward includes setting goals and making plans that you could look forward to. It helps you to stay positive. But it's incredibly challenging to stay positive when you are dealing with emotional pain. Try and practice positive thinking. It will help you motivate as you work towards your healing.
Going through emotional distress is exceptionally exhausting and challenging. It will take time and a whole lot of effort to put back yourself together. It's never easy to go through emotional pain, but it's meant to build us stronger. The lessons you learned from the pain and the coping skills and strategies you developed will help you go through life. The most important part is to keep moving forward.