How can I tell if I am resisting my feelings?

Jacob Teitelbaum
Integrative Medicine
Often, when we are trying to stop our feelings, we will tighten our jaw, cross our arms and legs, and stop our breathing. When you notice that any of this is happening, simply remind yourself to breathe, uncross your arms and legs (and remember to keep them open), and let your jaw go slack. Resisting a feeling is like trying to stop a cloud because you want it to be sunny again. Letting the cloud pass is how we get back to a brighter state of mind.


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