(This article first appeared in the Huffington Post.)
When you get stuck in despair, fear, anxiety, anger, frustration, disappointment, confusion or any other emotion, the last thing you want to do is move on from that challenging place. Your feelings are real and raw, and holding onto them often times feels like the only way to keep you safe and secure.
If this is where you are now today, know that it’s OK. It’s more than OK, it’s what it means to be human. Do not suppress your feelings, but rather acknowledge them and allow yourself to feel them. Where do you notice your feelings in your body? In your stomach? In your lower back? In your neck your shoulders? If your face? And what does it feel like?
Take time to grieve and allow yourself to mourn and weep unapologetically, but don’t stay stuck for too long – as staying stuck can not only affect you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, it can affect those around you, including your children.
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