Why expressing your emotions shouldn’t be taboo


Discussing our emotional struggles with others is difficult. But why?

Maybe we don’t want to feel too vulnerable or embarrassed. Maybe we think others simply won’t understand what we are going through. Or maybe it’s because society equates expressing emotions with weakness.

Here’s why this mindset needs to change:

Communicating your emotions makes you human. Opening up to friends, family and concerned others does one thing that we don’t always consider: it shows that you are human.  This is not a flaw.  We are all human and showing this side is important.

It’s a learning process. Being vulnerable in the right settings can help you tremendously and even help you make new relationships that you wouldn’t have had otherwise.  You might end up being someone’s genuine and go-to friend, with lots of love to gain from others around you!

Challenges are a part of life. Challenges present themselves in many ways, and challenges to our emotional well-being happens to everyone.  It is a part of life.  Learning to express how you feel is ultimately a useful skill for managing your emotions.

Vulnerability helps you connect with others. Maybe you don’t want everyone to know you feel sad, frustrated, anxious, or even angry but in the right social circles, sharing your struggles with others can help alleviate some of the pressure off your shoulders, especially if you don’t have anyone close to talk to. And you never know, they may have gone through a similar experience and give you advice.

If you’re facing a serious bout of the blues, or you can’t seem to shake away your struggles, try to find a support group or ask advice from a mental health professional (perhaps a family friend). Don’t let your struggle drag and the stress pile up.  Waiting too long can let stress accumulate further, which can lead to further wrestling with our emotions.

Remember, there is always an upside to what might seem to be a negative feeling you’ve encountered.  So don’t be afraid to express yourself comfortably and naturally in the face of complex emotions.

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Najma Khorrami is currently the Associate Director of Global Partnerships at The Center for Global Health and Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. She earned her Master in Health Policy in Public Health from The George Washington University in 2012, and rounded out her studies with a Global Health Certificate from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition to her passion for global health policy and wanting to one day help create public health programs for the disadvantaged in developing countries, she enjoys cooking and volunteering. You can follow her on Instagram at @najonoor!

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