The pandemic has brought up so many different emotions for all of us: fear, sadness, loneliness, etc. No matter what you’ve experienced over the past few weeks, owning those feelings will help you work through them… and feel better.
To help you process those feelings, I want to share a worksheet with you from my partner, Mental Health America. It’s part of Mental Health Month’s tools available to help you make small changes that can have a big impact on your mental health.️
This week’s exercises will guide you on how to identify what you’re experiencing, which can then help you feel better and improve your communications and relationships with others.️️
To get the worksheet, download the free Mental Health Month Toolkit at mhanational.org/may, then look for the “Owning your feelings” handout.
Other tips that can help:
- Allow yourself to feel. Ignore societal pressures that encourage you to shut down your emotions – they’re outdated and can be harmful. You have every right to feel your feelings.
- Talk it out. Talk to someone you trust about how you’re feeling, whether it’s someone who’s going through something similar, or someone you can lean on that’s a great listener.
- Try journaling. Every night, write down at least three feelings you had that day and what caused them. It’ll help you practice being comfortable with identifying and expressing your emotions. If you need prompts to guide you, my “Finding Hope” journal can help.
Learning to identify my feelings and allowing myself to feel them was really hard for me for a long time. But it ended up helping me so much, and it definitely gets easier with practice.