The Importance of Facing Your Feelings

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It's important to face your feelings, you've heard. But do you know why it is so important or how to do it? Find out at HealthyPlace.

Everyone experiences a wide range of emotions every single day. For those living with any mental illness, personality disorder, or general mental health challenge, emotions can make daily life feel overwhelming and exhausting. It’s easy to feel at the mercy of rampant emotions, many of which are incredibly strong and downright unpleasant.

It’s natural to resist such life-disrupting emotions. If you find yourself hating your feelings—or, worse, being hard on yourself for having them, though, you might find that changing your relationship with yourself and your feelings is less exhausting and more liberating.

Concepts from mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy can help guide you in facing your feelings.

  • Notice your feelings and name them to begin to tame them. When you’re aware, they are no longer bouncing around like wild but are now tangible concepts you can identify and deal with.
  • Accept them. This doesn’t mean you have to like them. Instead, acceptance means you acknowledge that they exist and allow yourself to feel how you feel without judging them or yourself.
  • Decide how you want to face them right now, in this moment. Maybe you want to take action to deal with their cause, or maybe you want to let them be and just feel them. Either way, you are in charge of your response to them.

Facing your feelings doesn’t automatically erase them. It gives you back your power over them so they no longer control you or have you on the run from them.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2021, December 21). The Importance of Facing Your Feelings , HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 13 from

Last Updated: December 21, 2021

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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