By Anne-Sophie Noel, IATG ContributorJune 16, 2016
I am one of those people who feel everything deeply. It's both a blessing and a curse, because it makes me a very empathetic person. However, the emotional load that comes with it can sometimes be overwhelming, and hard to manage. I’m sure I’m not the only one here who likes to stay in control of her emotions, but sometimes letting go is the best thing to do
One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given was 'we shouldn’t try to fight our feelings, for they are not the enemy'.
In fact, it is quite the opposite. Feelings help us to live. For example, when you’re in pain, either physical or emotional, it’s a signal. Your mind and body are telling you something is causing you harm and needs to change. Fear is another great example. Being afraid means you are aware of a potential danger. It prevents you from putting your life at risk. So why do we feel the need to resist those feelings?
It’s okay to allow yourself to be hurt, afraid, or sad. Those moments of vulnerability can teach you a lot about yourself.
Understanding that has been a real game-changer for me. I don’t have to worry about putting on a brave face all the time, because I’ve accepted that all my feelings are valid. I’m realizing how important it is to be true to myself and to listen to what I’m really feeling.
Teaming up with my feelings instead of fighting against them has brought me a peace of mind, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
How are you feeling right now? Whatever that feeling is...FEEL IT! Yell if you’re mad. Cry if you’re upset. Laugh if you’re happy! Feel all the feels and simply let them go.
Anne-Sophie is a French Canadian student and a music lover. Nothing makes her happier than singing along to her favorite All Time Low record. She’s a friend, a daughter, a sister. She is that girl. You can also read her personal blog,www.narrowdeep.wordpress.com.