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3 Ways To Find Relief When Emotions Are High

3 Ways To Find Relief When Emotions Are High

When emotions run high, it can be challenging to connect with others meaningfully.  Whether you are feeling overwhelmed by your own emotions, or you are trying to support your kids with theirs, finding relief in these moments can sometimes seem impossible.

Here are some tips that parents in my programs have found helpful for finding relief, so that they can navigate big emotions with more ease and connection.

Tip 1. Acknowledge what you're feeling and why

I have many conversations with parents who are trying so hard to look calm during difficult moments.  Calm is a great quality to bring to parenting, however pretending to be calm when you are not, puts you and others under more stress.

Whether we are experiencing joy or sorrow, anger or sadness, it's essential to pay attention to our emotions and understand where they're coming from.

By reflecting on what we're feeling, we create space for self-awareness and perspective-taking that allows us to come back into contact with those around us.

Tip 2. Acknowledge what you need

Do you feel guilty for wishing you could take a break when things seem too much?

It can be hard to step back when there is so much to do for your family, however taking a break when you need it is a strength. When you have what you need to feel resourced and nourished, you are more likely to be able to resolve challenges constructively.  

Parents in my programs often tell me how surprised they are to discover that even small amounts of time doing something for them, can have a big impact on their energy and sense of wellbeing. So if emotions are running high, don't be afraid to take a break. It may be just what you need to get things back on track.

Tip 3. Seek support from others

It can be difficult to think clearly and make decisions when you are at the peak of your emotions. At these times, our first instinct may be to distance ourselves from others and try to deal with things on our own. However, this is not always the best approach.

By seeking support from safe family, friends, or a trusted professional, we can gain clarity and perspective when emotions seem overwhelming. This allows us to work through difficult situations healthier without making impulsive or irrational decisions that we may later regret. When we have strong social connections and access to appropriate resources during challenging times, we are more likely to build resilience in the face of adversity.

So if you're feeling overwhelmed by your emotions, remember that there are many ways to connect with the people around you and navigate tough times together. With support from trusted loved ones and professionals alike, you can overcome anything life throws at you.

Final Thoughts

Emotions play a significant role in our lives, and they can often get in the way of clear communication. However, by understanding some basic principles about how emotions work, we can find relief and connect with others more effectively even when emotions are high.

If you are a Mum raising a child with a disability or additional needs and you would like more support and practical strategies for navigating big emotions feel free to join me for my upcoming FREE online event:

5 Keys to Navigate Meltdowns and Big Emotions with Confidence

About the Author

Rachel Stefaniak is an Occupational Therapist with a fire in her belly about the rights of families raising a child with a disability. She is committed to connecting families with practical strategies that respect the demands they face and align with their values and preferences, so that they can find relief from stress, exhaustion and isolation, have more ease, feel more connected and in control and confidently support the whole family to thrive.