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5 Benefits of Becoming More Comfortable Expressing Your Emotions

Are you comfortable expressing your emotions?


We learn how we deal with feelings in childhood. Children learn how to understand, express, and manage their emotions from the surrounding adults, as well as from their peers and culture. By culture, I mean family emotional culture. Just like in an organization or group, a family's emotional culture is shaped by the beliefs, values, norms, and practices that govern how emotions are perceived, expressed, and managed within the family.


Factors that can also influence a family's emotional culture are parenting styles, family history, and the personalities of individual family members. For example, some families may have a culture that encourages open expression of emotions, while others may discourage it. Some families may have a culture that values independence, while others may value closeness.

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As adults, we hear a good deal about the importance of emotional intelligence (EI). If perhaps you haven’t heard of EI or emotional quotient (EQ), this refers to the ability to recognize, understand, and manage one's own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. It is the ability to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior, and to manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve one's goals. It is a life skill that is needed in our personal and professional lives. There are many benefits of being comfortable expressing your emotions; here are five of them.

Be Free (and Free Others, Too)


You may not realize it, but when you stifle your emotions, you are stifling your freedom. You should feel free to express yourself in every phase of life. As soon as you allow yourself to be comfortable with your true self and your true feelings, you open up the door for others to be comfortable with you, too.

 

Tear Down Your Fears

 

If you’re afraid of showing your emotions, stand up to them. It’s time to tell them that you’re not scared. Those feelings may be new and utterly foreign to you, but by confronting them, you’re tearing down the sense of fear.

Be Authentic to Yourself


The real “you” comes with all the feelings and emotions you’re experiencing. Be true to that and don’t let the feelings get in the way. You may feel like your true self is one that doesn’t come with baggage – that would be great, but no one is like that! We all come with goods and bads, and in order to honor the authentic “you,” you need to  express your emotions openly and honestly.

 

Adds Flavor to Your Life

 

Believe it or not, being more honest and expressive can help you live life to the fullest more. It allows you to be you and to enjoy who you are more. If you’re stifling your feelings or being ashamed of them, you’re not living life to the fullest. Add flavor to your life by showing who you really are.

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Get Closer to Others


Everyone feels emotions on different levels. No one knows precisely what you’re going through, but people can relate. When you open up to others, you get closer to them. You can bond over shared emotions, or you can ask them for advice on your situation. Either way, intimacy and friendship are always enhanced when you’re able to open up more.


The phrase "How are you?" has lost its significance as it has become a mere reflex in our daily conversations. If we take a moment to consider how often we ask this question, we may realize that it is no longer achieving its intended purpose. "How are you?" has the potential to open up meaningful discussions, providing an opportunity to delve deeper into someone's emotional state, and to express our own feelings. But all too often, people respond with an automatic "I'm good, how are you?" which results in a pointless exchange of wasted words. Rather than using this phrase as a mere formality, let's take the opportunity to truly connect with others and to gain a deeper understanding of each other's emotional state.

 

The next time someone says, “How are you?” think twice about your answer. Your reflex may be to say you’re good, but maybe if you tell them how you really are (exhausted, over-the-moon, nervous, excited, etc.), you’ll have a more in-depth conversation with them – and you’ll free yourself to be able to talk about how you really feel!

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  • Angel Lewis

    A bit about me. I was born and raised in rural North Carolina, and currently call Virginia home. My passion for writing was awakened while attending Guilford College (Greensboro, NC). In 2021, I published my first book 'My Self-Care Plan: 12 Monthly Strategies That Will Transform Your Life'. It inspires readers to make self-care a priority during the next 12 months so that they can live their best life possible. The spring of 2022 saw the release of 'Ready. Set. Fly!' my debut children’s book that encourages self-belief and perseverance.

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8 thoughts on “5 Benefits of Becoming More Comfortable Expressing Your Emotions

  1. I learned in group therapy that we often smile even though we are talking about something sad or troubling us. Group therapy helped me a lot in becoming more comfortable expressing my emotions. Posts like this are very valuable, and in this day and age, more people are open to it!

  2. Angel, I love your kind and optimistic encouragements. Alas, when I was a child, saying the wrong thing could result in someone blowing up and being violent. Today, if someone asks me how I am, my answer will depend on how close our relationship is, but my first few words will be brief and upbeat. You never know. Maybe they have a headful and a heartful they need to discharge, and they are simply indicating regard by the ritual, “how are you?” So: hey Angel! How are you today? <3

    1. My squirrels are running in 1000 different directions and the grand is sick. We’ve had several of those hugs that do as much to make her feel loved as it helps me stay healthy.

  3. I’m the type that holds my emotions in. I know it’s not good because I can only hold so many in before I blow up. I just don’t like to upset anyone so I just go along with them. I know I need to change that and I’m working on being able to express them better.

  4. Thank you for your insightful posts always, Angel..
    Being comfortable with sharing emotions is so very important, and I am now working on teaching that to my teen so will use the pointers you have here

  5. Thanks for such a great post about releasing emotions and freeing yourself and others through honoring your authentic self. Great Post

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