Sometimes we mistake being strong by instead being emotionally detached. Our culture holds the belief that lack of emotion is a sign of mental strength.

You cut off from your feelings or sometimes appear to have no feelings for good reasons – you have learned to do it to survive to a point that it becomes habitual.

Not only that, but it also becomes a way of life.

What we learn in our society is not how to work with our emotions, but how to block and avoid them. We do it quite well: between alcohol use, prescription drug use, and screen time, there are a multitude of ways to avoid our feelings.

Emotional stress, like that from blocked emotions, has not only been linked to mental illness, but also to physical problems like heart disease, intestinal problems, headaches, insomnia, and autoimmune disorders.

Most people are ruled by their emotions without any awareness that this is happening. But once you realize the power of your emotions, simply acknowledging your own can help greatly.

The reality is if you want to heal your overthinking mind, you need to experience the emotions that go with your stories.

This week be emotionally present to yourself and others – rather than being strong, be vulnerable. Open your heart and create space for connection from an authentic self while respecting your boundaries.

‘If I get to be me, I belong. If I have to be like you, I fit in.’ – Brene Brown