Speak Your Truth - Don't Eat Your Feelings: The Power of Self-Expression
I recently had to make a decision whether to nurture and continue a brand new friendship. I woke up one morning knowing deep in my gut that it wasn't right for me. Our belief systems and values were so contrary from each other that inviting this specific kind of energy into my life would have been harmful to my wellbeing.
I teach clients to speak their truth from the heart, and to not swallow their feelings. I put on my "warrior cape" and shared my decision with the other party with firmness and kindness. There is no need to be harsh or scathing. I believe that honoring our needs and being true to ourselves is an important aspect of self-care.
"Boundaries don't have to be electric fences."
I know that expressing our feelings and speaking our truth can be challenging, but it is essential for our emotional and mental well-being. It takes courage and wisdom to honor our unique values and beliefs, but it is worth it. When we don't speak our truth, we may feel like we are not being true to ourselves, which can lead to anxiety, depression and feelings of resentment and powerlessness. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of speaking our truth and expressing our feelings, and how it relates to not using food to swallow emotions.
The Courage to Speak Your Truth
Speaking our truth means being honest with ourselves and others about our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. It means standing up for what we believe in, even if it creates discomfort or tension. When we speak our truth, we are being authentic and true to ourselves, which can lead to a sense of fulfillment, inner strength, personal growth and inner peace.
Self-Expression: Honoring Our Unique Values
Each of us has unique values and beliefs that make us who we are. It is essential to honor these values and beliefs, even if they are different from others. When we honor our values, we are being true to ourselves, which can lead to a sense of purpose and meaning in life. We can derive strength from the fact that living an authentic life and speaking our truth is critical for "being at home" with ourselves.
Using Food to Swallow Emotions
Many people use food to cope with their emotions, which can lead to emotional overeating and unwanted weight gain. When we use food to swallow our emotions, we are not dealing with the underlying issues that are causing our emotional distress. Instead, we are numbing ourselves with food, which doesn't honor our deepest needs and core truths.
9 Easy Ways to Speak Your Truth Today
Here are nine easy ways to speak your truth and express your feelings:
1. Name how you feel, right now, as you read this.
2. Practice active listening with others.
3. Use "I" statements when expressing your feelings.
4. Write in a journal to process your emotions.
5. Practice mindfulness to become more aware of your thoughts and feelings.
6. Seek support from a therapist or counselor.
7. Set boundaries with others to protect your emotional well-being.
8. Practice self-care to reduce stress and anxiety.
9. Be kind and compassionate with yourself and others.
Power Words to Help You Speak Your Truth
Using power words can help you express your feelings and speak your truth. Power words are persuasive, descriptive words that trigger an emotional response. Here are some power words to help you speak your truth:
Speaking our truth and expressing our feelings can be challenging, but it is essential for our emotional and mental well-being. It takes courage and wisdom to honor our unique values and beliefs, but it is worth it. By using power words and practicing emotional self-care, we can learn to express our feelings and speak our truth with confidence, clarity and compassion.
Give yourself permission to be YOU - unapologetically. Let me support you on your emotional self-care journey! Contact me to book a consultation.