Do you feel mentally, emotionally and spiritually healthy? If you don’t know the answer, then read on to find out the signs you need emotional healing.
Emotional healing is necessary
All of us have experienced varying levels of emotional pain in the form of childhood trauma, abusive relationships, and difficult experiences in life. All these traumatizing events can often make us avoid our emotions and we eventually become wounded souls. We try to live our lives the best we can, yet all these experiences and suppressed emotions lead to certain emotional and mental health issues.
Today, over 43.8 million adults suffer from mental health problems annually. Moreover, 1 in 5 American adults suffer from a mental illness and around 10 million Americans live with major mental health conditions. So if you have experienced trauma in the past, it is likely that you need emotional healing as you may be unaware of how your suppressed emotions are affecting you. When left unhealed, your past trauma can not only affect your mental and physical health, it can shatter your sense of being severely impacting your life.
Emotional healing can enable you to align your mind, body and spirit, face difficult emotions from the past and accomplish overall well being. However, you can start the healing process only when you are aware about your psychological, emotional and spiritual issues that require healing.
Signs you need emotional healing
If you are still unsure whether you need emotional healing or not, here are a few signs that will help you find out:
1. You think negatively
You have a habit of thinking negatively most of the time. You feel like you are trapped in a loop of pessimism and negativity where your mind always focuses on the worst case scenario first. You find it difficult to be optimistic and fail to believe that good things can happen to you.
Bhavika, aspiring yogini & co-founder of Fractal Enlightenment, explains “Circumstances and life experiences have made you the person you are, but at the same time you are depriving yourself from living life… a tinge of positivity can lighten things up and bring you peace of mind even if it’s short lived. When you recognise this you can begin to step forward on your self healing journey.”
2. You’re not intuitive anymore
Our instincts and intuition often guides us and shows us the right way when we find it difficult to navigate through the challenges of life. It is our gut feeling which allows us to predict and perceive outcomes beforehand. However, past emotional pain and trauma can often block our intuitive abilities from guiding us. Emotional healing can help us reconnect with our intuition and rebuild our bond with our gut feelings.
3. You lack trust, compassion and empathy
Do you feel that you cannot trust other people any longer? Do you find it hard to be empathic and compassionate? Difficult experiences and encounters can often alter our thoughts, beliefs and perceptions. But when you allow your emotions to control your life, you will lose control over yourself. You need to be assertive and take charge of yourself. You need to trust your loved ones as they can guide you and break you out of this cycle of negativity.
“When we do not allow our emotions to control us, an adoring, sincere and compassionate state of the mind and heart moves through our involvement and connection with others, regardless of their behavior, states a Power of Positivity article.
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4. You overthink a lot
When you need emotional healing, your mind tends to overwork all the time. You begin to overthink about every single issue as you desperately try to distract yourself from thinking about what’s actually bothering you. As you avoid facing difficult thoughts and emotions, your mind begins to overwork and you feel stressed and anxious unnecessarily. It can then affect your work performance, your relationships and your personal life.
Bhavika writes “It’s like a vicious trap and if you get caught in it, it can consume you, but if you manage to break free, you reach a safe spot. That’s the reason why ancient texts refer to it as the ‘monkey mind‘ jumping from one branch to another tirelessly. Only when we decide to take control of it and tame our mind, it becomes our follower.”
5. You react, you don’t respond
Do you feel that you are more anxious, moody, irritated and angry than usual? Then it’s a sign that you need emotional healing. When you are coping with emotional and psychological trauma, you will have difficulty in controlling your emotions. You will become more agitated and angry and incapable of calming yourself down. You react aggressively at the slightest ‘provocation’ without even considering how your reactions may hurt others.
“As we encounter difficult experiences that conjure up strong emotions, responding rather than reacting to those encounters is self-empowering. When we do, we’re very likely to treat ourselves with healthful and beneficial energy,” explains Power of Positivity.