You probably know someone who wears their heart on their sleeve. If they’re happy, you can tell. If they’re sad or upset, you can definitely tell. Some people are open books when it comes to their emotions. Others prefer to keep their feelings to themselves. How well do you work through your emotions?
Here are six signs you are subconsciously suppressing your emotions:
1. You’re Losing Interest In Things You Once Enjoyed
Suppressing your emotions can be a heavy burden. It can often lead to feelings of depression. Suppressing anger, sadness, guilt or fear can change the way you view things you once enjoyed. You might end up seeing a fun activity as a burden or a chore. If you feel like you no longer have a connection to the hobbies and activities you once enjoyed, you may be experiencing symptoms of depression.
2. You Have Trouble Sleeping
Have you ever lied down to go to sleep at night, then all at once, your thoughts, emotions and feelings come bubbling to the surface? If you are tossing and turning at night and having trouble turning your brain off, it may be because your mind is trying to work through the psychological problems that you are dealing with. If you aren’t coping with your emotions, your brain may be trying to handle them with or without you.
3. You’re Experiencing Conflict In Your Relationship
Not being able to identify whether you’re happy, sad or angry can take a toll on your partner. It can be very frustrating being in a relationship with someone who shows a lack of emotion, which can lead to conflict. In a healthy relationship, each person is able to express their emotions, including love, care and concern. If you’re experiencing conflict in your relationship, it may be due to suppressed emotions you refuse to face.
4. You Constantly Feel Tired
Suppressing your emotions can take a toll on you both physically and mentally. It requires a lot of energy to keep your feelings hidden. Common signs of suppressed emotions include brain fog, mental fatigue and distracted thinking. If you find yourself tired and unable to concentrate, it may be due to buried emotions you haven’t been dealing with.
5. You’re Losing Friendships
Close friends can often tell when something isn’t right. They might ask and even push you to the point where you become closed off and the friendship suffers. While you are hiding your true feelings about something, your friend ends up feeling sad and hurt. Suppressing your emotions can negatively effect your friendships and other relationships.
6. You Feel More Powerful Emotions
It’s not easy to completely turn your feelings off. Even if you are suppressing your emotions from a certain event or a certain time in your life, those buried emotions can end up causing you to feel even stronger ones. If something goes wrong, your reaction might end up being over-the-top. When things are good, you might end up feeling euphoric. Burying your emotions doesn’t mean they’re gone. It just means they are deep in your subconscious, waiting to be brought to the surface.