Humans are social creatures, and we have an innate need within us to share and bond with other humans. This inter-social dialogue is what our brains require to properly process our thoughts and build resilience to keep surviving.
This means that in order to stay mentally well, we need to process (and talk about) our feelings.
If you have a trusted friend, family member, or partner who has expressed interest in hearing about your life and your well-being, talk to them about your feelings.
If you don’t feel as though you have anyone in your life who can take on the emotional labor of talking through your thoughts, consider reaching out to a counselor, therapist, support group, or wellness specialist who can provide you with professional support and guidance.
In addition, or as a first step, try journal writing. Write down your thoughts when you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, afraid, unworthy, or anything else. Our thoughts will bottle up and knock around our minds unless we find ways to release them and allow them to come full circle; writing these thoughts down is a great way to help this process move along
Share provided by Linnette Johnson, MS, MA, CNS, RALC, LDN