Repression is the tendency to avoid or inhibit the experience and expression of negative emotions or thoughts. Repressed emotions are emotions that you unconsciously avoid feeling or expressing. Repression can be conscious or unconscious.
Repression can be a problem when you don't allow yourself to express your emotions, even when you are alone. Repression can be a way to regulate difficult emotions like fear, anger, and sadness. It can also be a way to avoid damaging your positive self-image.
Repressed emotions are different from suppressed emotions. Suppressed emotions are feelings that you intentionally avoid because you don't know how to deal with them. For example, you might suppress your feelings after a fight with your partner. *While all these tools may give you some relief, i encourage you to reach out for a D-codes session with me or some of my peers, which is posted at the end of this blog post.
Some signs that you may be emotionally repressed include:
Healing repressed self-expression can be a trans-formative journey towards rediscovering and embracing your authentic self.
Here are some steps and practices to help you in this process:
1. Self-Awareness: Start by becoming aware of your repressed emotions and self-expression. Reflect on situations or patterns where you felt unable to express yourself fully. Expressing yourself freely can mean staying true to your values, trusting yourself, and expressing your thoughts and feelings. When you can't express yourself freely, you may not be able to display your individuality and character. You may also be perceived as cold or not a nice person.
Some reasons why it can be hard to express your feelings include:
When you don't know how to express yourself, you may choose to remain silent to avoid conflict. You may also be stone-faced when others are crying or have very little facial expressions.
2. Journaling: Maintain a journal to express your thoughts and feelings honestly. This can be a safe space to explore and release pent-up emotions and thoughts.
These are just a few prompts to get you started. Journaling is a great way to express your thoughts and feelings honestly, so don't be afraid to write about whatever is on your mind. You may be surprised at how much better you feel after getting your thoughts down on paper.
Here are some additional tips for journaling:
3. Mindfulness and Meditation: Practice mindfulness to stay present in the moment. Meditation can help you become more aware of your emotions and create a space for self-expression to surface. Mindfulness can help you stay in the present moment by helping you notice thoughts and feelings as they arise. Here are some ways to practice mindfulness:
4. Seek Professional Help: A therapist or counselor can provide guidance and support in addressing repressed self-expression. They can help you identify the root causes and develop strategies to overcome it. If you have trouble expressing or regulating your emotions, it can be helpful to talk to a mental health professional. A therapist can help you understand why you feel the way you do and how to start dealing with those emotions. They can also help you explore potential causes of repressed emotions and offer guidance and support.
Some signs that you might be struggling with emotional repression include:
Repression is an unhealthy defense mechanism that many adults subconsciously do.
It can be overwhelming to try to navigate repressed emotions alone.
Research shows that bottling up emotions can make people more aggressive. Suppressing negative emotions can also have immediate and delayed consequences for stress-induced cardiovascular reactivity.
5. Creative Outlets: Engage in creative activities like writing, painting, music, or dancing. These outlets can provide a non-verbal means of self-expression and help you tap into your emotions. Creative outlets can help people express themselves and process their experiences and emotions. Creative activities can provide mental and physical benefits, including:
Creative outlets can also help people discover new ways to express their thoughts and ideas. They can lead to feelings of accomplishment and pride, which can make people feel more confident in their abilities. Some examples of creative outlets include: Writing, Painting, Playing an instrument, Drawing, Dancing. It is important to find the right creative outlet that suits you to maximize its potential.
6. Physical Expression: Explore physical activities like yoga, Tai Chi, or even intense workouts to release stored tension and emotions in your body. Yoga, tai chi, and intense workouts can help with the release of emotions by:
Research has shown that yoga may help with stress, depression, and anxiety. Studies suggest that tai chi can help healthcare workers manage stress and help college students relax and sleep better.
7. Affirmations: Use positive affirmations to reprogram your subconscious mind and boost self-confidence in expressing your thoughts and feelings. Affirmations are positive statements that you repeat to yourself to reprogram your subconscious mind. The subconscious mind learns through repetition, so by repeating affirmations, you can implant new beliefs and habits.
Affirmations can help you:
It can take about three to four weeks to reprogram your subconscious mind. However, it may take longer depending on how deeply ingrained the behavior is that you want to change.
Affirmations are not a magic bullet for instant success or healing. However, they can support your efforts to change your behavior.
Affirmations have been scientifically proven to lower stress and improve self-worth. This is because your brain starts acting as if anything you're affirming has already happened.
8. Supportive Relationships: Surround yourself with people who encourage and accept your authentic self-expression. Healthy relationships can provide a safe space to practice self-expression. Healthy relationships involve honesty, trust, respect, and open communication. Here are some tips for building healthy relationships:
9. Release Fear and Judgment: Understand that self-expression is a fundamental human right. Release any fear of judgment, rejection, or criticism that may be holding you back. Fear of judgment is the fear that people will judge us negatively based on what we say, how we act, or how we look. Here are some ways to overcome fear of judgment:
You can also try mindfulness to help you stay grounded in the present moment. When judgments arise, try labeling them as just that: “judgments”. You can also try feeling the emotions that have become attached to the belief and fear.
10. Gradual Steps: Take small steps towards expressing yourself. Start in situations where you feel safe and gradually expand your comfort zone. Self-expression is important because it can help you avoid mental and emotional pain. Here are some tips for expressing yourself safely:
If you find it difficult to talk about your feelings, you can try these skills:
11. Self-Compassion: Be gentle with yourself throughout this journey. Healing takes time, and it's okay to have setbacks. Treat yourself with kindness and patience. Self-compassion is the process of turning compassion inward. It involves being kind and understanding to yourself when you fail or make mistakes, rather than being harshly self-critical.
Here are some ways to practice self-compassion:
Self-compassion involves three core elements: Mindfulness, Self-kindness, Common humanity.
12. Visualization: Visualize yourself confidently expressing your thoughts and feelings in various situations. This can help rewire your brain to embrace self-expression. Visualization is a mental technique that involves creating vivid and realistic images of your desired goals, situations, or experiences. It can help you prepare for future challenges, overcome obstacles, and achieve your potential.
Here are some techniques for visualization of self expression:
When visualizing, you can use all your senses to make the experience as vivid and detailed as possible. You can also try to be consistent with your visualization practice, preferably at the same time and place every day.
13. Set Boundaries: Establish healthy boundaries that allow you to protect your self-expression without feeling overwhelmed. Setting boundaries is a form of self-care.
It involves defining and expressing your limits and needs without undermining others' emotional expression. Boundaries can be emotional, physical, or digital. They can help you assert what you're okay and not okay with.
Boundaries can help you:
Setting boundaries requires self-awareness and good communication skills. You need to be clear about your expectations of yourself and others, and what you are and are not comfortable with in specific situations. When explaining a boundary, try to be as specific as possible. You can use examples to make your message clear.
Some examples of personal boundaries include:
14. Celebrate Achievements: Celebrate each step you take toward healing and self-expression. Acknowledge your progress, no matter how small. Remember that healing repressed self-expression is a process that varies from person to person. Be patient with yourself and stay committed to the journey. Over time, you'll find that you can express your thoughts, emotions, and authentic self more freely and confidently.
All of these modality tools weren't enough to bring me the healing i was seeking.
Don't get me wrong here. All of these tools can and have been great assistance on my personal healing journey. It wasn't until i discovered D-codes that i began to uncover the depths of the things i had buried so deep, you could barely notice them consciously. This teaching program taught me advance like tools that took me deeper into the depths of myself. Having someone on the other end of the rope to help see me through to the end was the process i personally needed. now when things arise i have a toolbox of knowledge and skills to assist me in processing. Not only that, i also have a group of others i can lean on for help tracking further.
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