6 Reasons why you must share your feelings(DW#733)

emotions family feelings Apr 08, 2020
I am hoping that you have been trying on the practices for tuning in and checking in with yourself.

Today, let us take this one step further and explore why it is a good idea to share your feelings with your spouse and family.
Here are 6 reasons:

1)   When we give name our feelings rather than acting them out, we give ourselves and each other the gift of connection rather conflict. Sharing our inner world is the gateway to intimacy and connection.
2)   When we announce where we are at emotionally, we take responsibility for our own state rather than blame those around us for causing our distress.
3)   When we declare that we are having a hard time right now, we relieve others around us of thinking that they are the cause. They then do not have to walk on eggshells around us.
4)    When we are emotionally open, it gives our family something they need desperately right now: certainty. Rather than guessing if or why we are upset, they can hear in our own words the source of our concern.
5)    When we are brave about sharing our own feelings, it opens the door for others to do the same. Vulnerability is hard and if we can be brave about going first, it will create a family culture where it is okay to speak up about our internal world.
6)    Speaking up about what is going on with us makes it much less likely that we will act out or unleash our feelings on others. It makes it more likely that we will learn to accept feelings and act on our values rather than on momentary impulses.

Do you have any concerns or questions about trying this?
If you are already emotionally open with your family, good for you! If not, what is standing in your way?

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