You could be living with a long-term medical condition or had a serious illness or injury and feel you have adjusted to the changes it brought to your life. But then as you are doing something, the enormity of the difference in your life now may suddenly come flooding back and you find yourself trying to ward off strong emotion.
In response, other people may say things like, ‘But you’ve been doing so well!’ And you have been. You’ve been taking measures to be well in mind, heart, body and soul and so these surges of emotion feel out of place, not right and concerning.
You may worry that these emotions will engulf you and you will end up not being able to shake them. That is a common concern and hence why the thought of being in touch with emotions like sadness, anger, hurt, and loss can feel scary.
These unexpected surges of emotion can be very normal and are part of the adjustment process, even if they are occurring some years after the onset of the condition/illness/injury.* They are coming to the surface because they want your attention in some way, shape or form.
I was reminded that you can give your emotions the attention they want in a way that feels right for you. This happened in May while I was watching the BBC two part documentary of Gareth Malone creating the Invictus Choir of service men and women who live with the ongoing impact of the trauma and/or injury they experienced while serving in the UK military.
So here is how one member of that choir gave their unexpected emotions some attention, and how you can do that to enhance your health.