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Stop Downplaying Your Emotions | Self-Care With Gabby

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Stop Downplaying Your Emotions | Self-Care With Gabby

“Your emotions make you human. Even the unpleasant ones have a purpose. Don’t lock them away. If you ignore them, they just get louder and angrier.”

~Sabaa Tahir, A Torch Against the Night

Hi everyone. I hope you are all doing great.

In this week’s post I want to talk about downplaying our emotions.

We all downplay our emotions even without noticing it sometimes. Maybe we do it because we are scared of how people will react, or maybe it’s because society has taught us that mental health is not real. Whatever it may be, we all downplay our emotions.

I have a story for you. Back in college during my junior year, I was feeling very overwhelmed with everything that I was doing. During that time I wasn’t just going to school, I was attending extra curricular activities. I was in the choir on campus as well as the choir at my church, I was part of an improv class that only occured on Saturdays, I was part of different clubs like the radio station where I was the executive and on top of all of that I was trying to balance my social and personal life.

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I remember sitting in the student government office when a girl that I knew walked up to say hi to me. She saw the look on my face and asked me if I was okay, well… that was all it took. I immediately burst into tears in front of her. Sometimes all it takes is someone asking if you are okay.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was holding in all of my emotions which lead to me crying in the office. Sometimes when you are so busy with everything else that you have going on, you forget to check in with yourself. We all do it because we have jobs, and school and social lives, but we need to stop downplaying our emotions.

It took me a while to even feel comfortable crying in front of people. We hide our true emotions because we don’t want people to judge us, but I had to teach myself that it is perfectly ok to cry and to show my emotions. When we downplay our emotions, we give in to the idea that mental health is not real. Maybe you just smile and say everything is fine when in reality, you are stressed and overwhelmed with specific circumstances. Don’t allow people to make you feel like it’s wrong to show your emotions. Whether it’s family or friends.

We are human and we have feelings, so don’t downplay your feelings and emotions to try and give in to someone else’s beliefs. Things get hard and sometimes crying is the only option.

Please take care of yourselves and have a great self-care day.

By Gabby Mendonca

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About The Author

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Gabby Mendonca

Gabby is a recent college graduate. She studied communications in digital media. When she isn’t busy with school, Gabby enjoys filming videos for her YouTube. She is very passionate about the performing arts, music, and acting. Gabby is also very passionate about advocacy and inclusion.

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