Packing away bad or negative experiences for another time can be a helpful coping strategy if you have constraints or other needs to consider. Many people forget to later unpack and process these experiences. Unfortunately, they do not disappear.
Congruency between our facial expressions and emotions matters. For example, if we laugh when talking about something that is sad, painful or distressing, we may subconsciously be distracting or protecting ourselves from feeling that particular emotion.
While feeling tired is not an emotion, it has an enormous impact on our emotional experiences. I like to think of tiredness as a magnifying glass for emotions like anger, sadness and shame, for example. Sleep can restore emotions to normal intensities.
The All Things Emotional Series is focused on emotional considerations and language development. All material is authored by Cori Lambert unless explicitly stated otherwise. Authentic Consulting and Counselling is located in West Perth, Greater Perth Area.