Emotional Distress can sometimes feel like you are the only person on the boat in the storm.
Emotional distress or suffering is a broad term that can refer to a wide range of emotional experiences, that do not necessarily meet any criteria for a psychological disorder.
Of course, it may result from a mental health issue, but often it can be related to particular circumstances, such as job stress, feeling out of control, a trauma or loss, relationship difficulties or financial worries.
Some symptoms of emotional distress include:
– feeling overwhelmed, helpless, or hopeless
– feeling guilty without a clear cause
– spending a lot of time worrying
– ‘buffering’ with over-drinking, over-working, over-shopping etc
– experiencing unwarranted anger or irritability
– experiencing unexplained physical pain
In the past, I used to experience emotional suffering a lot.
I remember feeling overwhelmed, out of control, angry at people, ‘needing’ that glass of wine as soon as I finished work, I had aches and pains all the time and I used to label myself as ‘a worrier’.
The good news is that you can choose to change this and manage your emotions and associated habits and behaviours that tend to loop and loop …
You can let go of past negative emotions and limiting beliefs and labels and have agency of how you feel.
You can change the movie running in your mind about the things (including your own thoughts) that trigger this distress and alleviate your symptoms – feel like you have control again and that life can be calm and smooth-sailing.
If you want help with this, message me regarding our upcoming online Breakthrough Weekend Workshop in February, or other options tailored for you.