If I may. I’d also recommend daily meditation, especially with binaural beats(takes you deeper at a faster pace). What I’ve learned this entire year is that meditation causes awareness. Just as you wrote, meditation creates a safe place to be mindful of all our emotions. Even the real shitty ones that we definitely try to repress by less than helpful methods. When I first started meditating, I was advised that a lot of emotions were going to surface the more deeply I went, and to be prepared for the negative stuff. Boy was that the case. But I was also instructed to try and let the bad stuff happen and to look at them objectively; to say to myself, “Huh…that’s interesting.” It took some time to be comfortable with it; but it did work.
Now, I’m much better at being aware of how I’m feeling and telling myself that it’s okay when negative emotions arise. It’s just my intuition letting me know that I need to be aware of what’s going on. And like you wrote, I’ve gone from reacting to every little thing that I don’t like…to responding.
Another great post. Keep them coming Megan.