Finding Emotional Release: The Importance of Letting Go

What is Emotional Release

Emotional Release is a process whereby people learn how to exchange effective help with each other in order to free themselves from the effects of past distress experiences.

Why is Emotional Release Important

Harbouring negative emotions can have a detrimental impact on our daily life and emotional well-being. It can affect your quality of sleep, our appetite, your ability to concentrate and regulate your emotions and build relationships. It is important that we each time to heal from traumas and let go of emotional baggage that has accumulated. This critical for us to lead a fulfilling life and develop healthy relationships with others.

What are the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering?

  • Personality Change – the person in question may exhibit gradual or profound changes in their personality. Their actions may become unaligned with their values and principles.
  • Agitated – he or she may appear moody, anxious, angry or distressed. They are easily angered or irritated and lack control over their emotions. Their agitation may affect their ability to sleep and/or concentrate and recover from their emotional outbursts.
  • Withdrawn – this person might isolate themselves from their social support system. Their attendance and performance at work or school will be poor, and they are disinterested in activities that bring them joy.
  • Poor Self-Care – he or she may engage in risky behaviour such as substance abuse. They may also stop taking care of their physical self: grooming or hygiene.
  • Hopelessness – this person might experience feelings of hopelessness. They are overwhelmed by daily challenges and have a pessimistic attitude towards life and negative self-worth. Suicidal thoughts may be an issue.

How to Release Your Emotions

  • Take time for yourself and find a quiet and comfortable spot to relax. Use this time to quiet the mind, analyse your body and locate where your emotions are being stored in your body.
  • Now immerse your mind in the emotions and the sensations that arise within you.
  • Express the emotion/s that arise. You may vocalise what you are feeling by speaking out loud, crying, screaming and so forth. You can also journal about it, dance, sing or act out the emotions.

Remember to be self-compassionate and non-judgemental during this practice. This a time to witness and express what is going on inside you. Use mantras, affirmations or music to help quiet your inner critic. Ground yourself by taking deep breaths or follow the 5-4-3-2-1 grounding exercise.

Emotional Outlets

  • Movement: yoga, dancing, working out, walking, running, jumping are great ways to uplift your mood and release pent-up emotions.
  • Mindfulness: meditation, journalling and regular reflections can help you process and let go of the things that are troubling you and keeping you down.
  • Creativity: drawing, painting, writing, baking and whatever way you can create is a wonderful outlet for emotions.

Building a Coping Kit

Listen to Therapy for Black Girls: Building a Coping Kit

This podcast episode explains what a coping kit is, its purpose and how to create one. In summary, this kit is a box that holds items that bring you joy and calm. It is useful when feeling overwhelmed, and you need easy access to items that can distract you from intense emotions until you can cope with them.

Thank you for reading.


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